ZeroHedge.com is out today with a piece about the explosion of social security disability and what lawyers are getting in fees.
Here is a snippet and you can read the rest here.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is no small program, costing taxpayers more than the combined cost of federal welfare payments, housing subsidies, food stamps and school lunches. Attorneys receive taxpayer-funded fees each time they successfully place a client in the program, which incentivizes them to encourage clients to file disability claims. The fees are capped at 25 percent of the successful client’s SSDI award, or $6,000, whichever is less.
Attorneys took in $1.2 billion in such fees in 2013, up from just $425 million in 2011.
Here is a graph showing the explosion of SSDI recepients.