According to a CDA press release disability companies paid out more than 8 billion dollars in disability insurance payments in 2010. This included more than 139,000 new disability claim approvals, a small increase over the previous year’s numbers.

Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue–such as arthritis, spine disorders and back pain were the leading cause of both new and continuing claims. The overwhelming majority of claims (90%) were caused by illness rather than accicdent.

For more information visit the CDA’s website here.

From the CDA website-The Council for Disability Awareness (CDA) is a non-profit group dedicated to helping the American workforce become aware of the growing likelihood of disability and its financial consequences. The CDA engages in communications, research and educational activities that provide information and helpful resources to wage earners, their families, employers and others who are concerned about disability and the impact it can have on wage earners and their families.