The Causes of Disability in the United States

There are over 55 million disabled people living in the U.S. according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This means that nearly one-fifth of the civilian, non-institutionalized population has some type of disability.

Primary Causes of Disability

With such a high prevalence of disability, this raises the question, what are the major causes of disability? The Council for Disability Awareness (CDA) researched the causes of long-term disability in its Long Term Disability Claims Review.

  • Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders are the number one cause of disabilities. These include numerous types of conditions such as arthritis, back pain, joint disorders, and fibromyositis.
  • Illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes cause the majority of long-term disabilities.
  • Most cases of disability do not qualify for workers’ compensation because they are not work-related. This leaves many people to rely on either disability insurance or injury claim settlements.
  • Lifestyle choices and “personal behavior that lead to obesity” are becoming major contributing factors to disability. Disability cases of this nature are preventable.

The CDA surveyed the disability claims in 2013 and categorized the claims according to diagnoses.

  • Musculoskeletal: 28.6 percent of new claims; 28.7 percent of existing claims
  • Cancer: 15.1 percent new; 9.1 percent existing
  • Injuries and poisoning: 10.3 percent new; 7.7 percent existing  
  • Cardiovascular/circulatory: 8.7 percent new; 12.4 percent existing
  • Mental disorder: 8.3 percent new; 7.7 percent existing
  • Nervous system-related: 7.7 percent new; 15.2 percent existing
  • Complications of pregnancy and childbirth: 5.9 percent new; 1.7 percent existing
  • Digestive system: 2.6 percent new; 2.4 percent existing

When Your Disability is the Result of an Accident, Call a Lawyer

If you or your loved one was in an accident in Peachtree City that has led to disability, call the Law Office of Jason Schultz. We can review your case and determine if you’re eligible for financial compensation and benefits. Contact us today at 404-474-0804 for a free consultation.

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