On Monday we discussed a 2010 South Carolina case that made it easier for disabled workers to get the most out of their monthly disability benefit payment. Many people who have suffered a workplace-related injury or condition may wonder if they are eligible for workers compensation as well as disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
The simple answer is yes, but it is helpful to understand just how these two entities are different. Disabled workers apply to receive monthly benefits from the SSA under either the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program or the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. These are both federal entities, but workers compensation is governed by laws that may change from state to state.
In most states, a person’s disability benefits may be affected by workers compensation payments. These payments may be distributed by federal, state or local governments, or by private insurance companies or companies themselves. If you receive workers compensation but are approved for disability benefits from the SSA, your monthly SSA benefit may be “offset.” This means that the SSA could subtract the amount you are receiving in workers compensation from your monthly check.
If you are concerned about applying for both disability benefits and workers compensation and what it could mean for your monthly payment, turn to an experienced attorney. We can help you through every step of the process, securing you the benefits you need. Contact our Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers today for more information and a free consultation. You may also reach us by phone at (918) 587-0050.