Injuries at work? Freak accidents? It’s true, they happen.
But, the truth might surprise you.
• Illnesses like cancer, heart attack or diabetes cause the majority of long-term disabilities. Back pain, injuries, and arthritis are also significant causes.
• Most are not work-related, and therefore not covered by workers’ compensation.
• Lifestyle choices and personal behavior that lead to obesity are becoming major contributing factors.
• Musculoskeletal disorders are the #1 cause of disabilities. Examples include; arthritis, back pain, spine/joint disorders, Fibrositis Syndrome, etc.
Here is a chart of claim diagnosis categories in lay language to provide clear examples of common causes of disability.
Disability in America
Disability is already a widespread problem, and the threat is growing at an alarming rate.
• More than 30 million Americans between the ages of 21 and 64 are disabled, according to the most recent U.S. Census.
• 2.3 million people filed disability claims with Social Security in 2016.
• 25+ million American lives are restricted by the effects of disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.