It seems one can’t tune into any of the St. Louis airwaves these days from more than five minutes without hearing about some new scandal involving Social Security fraud. People attempting to game the system, as well as shortcomings within the system itself that have led to improper payments have seemingly forced the SSA to tighten those qualifications for Social Security disability benefits for injury or mental illness even further. Yet these examples of fraud and abuse shouldn’t be seen as representative of the SSD beneficiary population as a whole. Most view these benefits as a brief form of assistance while they prepare themselves to be able to reenter the workforce after an accident injury.
While working in agricultural may seem like a peaceful job, the truth is that every year many people suffer farm accidents. Tractors are not always safe, and workers can sustain an accident injury when these vehicles overturn. Shifting grains in silos trap unsuspecting workers, farm animals step on or trample caretakers, and carrying heavy boxes of produce or equipment may lead to a back injury. Moreover, in modern industrial farms, workers can be harmed by exposure to chemicals used to treat soil and crops.