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Disability Rates Continue Steady Climb, According to CDA's 2008 Disability Claims Review
Date:9/10/2009

sulting from the economic downturn of 2008. Looking forward, private insurers predict a modest increase in claim applications while Social Security is already reporting that it expects to receive about 3.3 million disability applications in fiscal 2010 -- up 27 percent from 2008 as a result of the recession.

CDA member company representatives agree that a negative economic outlook, erosion of people's savings and a less secure employment environment have raised the American workers' awareness of financial risks and made planning for income limiting disability more important than ever.

"The findings from both the public and private claims data illustrate the need for wage earners to take the necessary steps for disability education, planning and prevention," said Barry Lundquist, interim president of the CDA. "Disability is on the rise and the responsibility for understanding the risk of disability and how to plan for an income limiting disability is shifting to the individual wage earner, especially during these tough economic times. It is imperative for workers to closely examine their financial plans and make sure they and their families are protected against an unexpected disability that hinders their ability to earn an income."

The leading cause of long-term disability continues to be musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders, such as back pain, joint and muscle disorders. Other primary causes include cancer, the second leading cause of all new claims, and cardiovascular and circulatory problems such as heart disease and strokes.

For a copy of The 2008 Long-Term Disability Claims Review, please visit http://www.disabilitycanhappen.org. Additional resources are also available through CDA's Web site, including research, tools and financial planning guides that provide tips on
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