Injuring yourself in the workplace is an unfortunate possibility for all of us, especially if your job is physically demanding. Sometimes we hurt ourselves so badly that the continuation of our work lives is impossible. If you or a loved one becomes physically disabled on the job and cannot return to work, you have the right to specific government benefits. Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability benefits could be the solution to your financial complications for the year to come.
Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Benefits can be Filed Simultaneously
You can file for workers’ comp and Social Security benefits simultaneously, however, you’ll be approved for Social Security disability benefits only if your injury severe enough to leave you out of work for more than a year. The inability to do work for a year, or longer, is considered substantial physical impairment which the government deems worthy of monetary assistance. Depending on the amount of workers’ comp you receive from your state government, the Social Security administration may lower benefits based on this number. This is called an offset. Because timing can affect the amount given to you from a Social Security Disability Claim based on what’s given to you from your worker’s comp claim, hiring an attorney can handle both types of claims is important. Get in touch with one today with questions regarding whether disability benefits could be reduced because of worker’s comp benefits.
Specific Social Security Disability and Workers’ Comp Policies you Need to be Aware of
- If you receive workers’ and social security disability compensation, the total amount of these benefits cannot exceed 80% of your average total earnings before you became disabled.
- If you receive a lump-sum worker’s compensation the amount of Social Security Disability benefits you receive could be affected
- If you receive Social Security Disability benefits paired with public benefits such as Veteran’s Administration, State and local government, or Supplemental Security Income, your Social Security Benefit will not be reduced.
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When choosing an attorney to guide you through the process of Social Security Disability it’s important to hire an individual experienced with the program and its requirements. Consulting an individual who has insight on Social Security and the application process will prove to be extremely valuable in the long run, especially when questions or uncertainty arise on how to proceed.
Before trying to work out intricate Social Security qualifications on your own, contact our office to make sure you understand the program and process. Protect yourself, know your rights: call us and Get JBA First!
Jenkins Block & Associates has 40+ years of experience in successful SSD/SSI cases in Maryland & Virginia, in addition to being a member of The National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. Call us at 1-800-243-2439 or contact us online to begin the process of filing your Social Security benefits!