Five-Year Decline in Social Security Disability Benefit Lawsuits
(03 May 2018) The latest available data from the federal courts show that during March 2018 there were 660 new Social Security SSID Title XVI lawsuits filed in district court. Title XVI of the Social Security Act provides for disability as well as other benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. All of these 660 suits were filed by individuals suing the federal government seeking review of the denial of these benefits.

While there is some month-to-month variation in filings, disability lawsuits have been generally falling since they peaked with over one thousand new filings during August 2013. The count of 660 lawsuits during March 2018 represents a 37 percent decline from that peak.

According to case-by-case court records analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, these declines during the past five years mark a clear change from the first half of this past decade when disability suits had been steadily climbing.

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