My impression is there a lot of people who try for disability, but Social Security is pretty strict, even when the applicants hire lawyers (which is common). That said, every now and then an undeserving person gets through. Social Security disability on verge of insolvency - Yahoo! News WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security's disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system toward the brink of insolvency. Applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities lose their jobs and can't find new ones in an economy that has shed nearly 7 million jobs. The stampede for benefits is adding to a growing backlog of applicants â€” many wait two years or more before their cases are resolved â€” and worsening the financial problems of a program that's been running in the red for years.