Yes, you may receive both Social Security disability benefits and workers’ compensation benefits at the same time – but note that your Social Security payment may be reduced depending on how much your workers’ comp payments are. In general, if your injury or health condition is work-related and if your disability is expected to last for a year or more, you could qualify for both types of benefits.
When you receive an on-the-job injury that will likely result in a disability, it is very important to begin the process of applying for both workers’ compensation and Social Security disability benefits. Workers’ compensation is paid through your employer, who most likely holds workers’ compensation insurance. Social Security disability benefits are paid by the federal government out of a fund that you have contributed to throughout your employment history.
It is also important that you report your income from workers’ compensation and your income from Social Security disability so that you can be sure to receive the correct payments and avoid violating the law.
Receiving both Social Security disability benefits and workers’ compensation benefits can be confusing – to learn more about which programs you are eligible for and what you need to do to receive the maximum support in the wake of your injury or diagnosis, contact a Houston disability attorney at Morgan & Weisbrod today.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.