The recession created unexpected results in short and long-term disability claims in 2009 according to the Employer Measure of Productivity, Absence and Quality annual survey. Business owners in the United States saw fewer claims for short-term and long-term disability benefits in 2009. In addition, employers in the United States also saw lower short-term disability costs though costs per claim for long term disability rose by 25 percent.
More and more employees who previously were able to work with physical problems are turning to Social Security Disability after being laid off during the long recessionary period. Take one woman's story as an example.