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Social Security Disability Benefits and Workers’ Compensation

If you are applying for workers’ compensation insurance benefits are are simultaneously receiving–or hoping to receive–Social Security disability benefits, there are some important details that you should know about how these programs work and affect one another.

Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits May Reduce Your Social Security Disability Benefits

If you are the recipient of both workers’ compensation benefits and Social Security disability benefits, the latter may be reduced to offset the compensation gained by the result the former. This is because workers’ compensation benefits are public benefits. Per federal law, if you receive both benefits types, the total amount of these benefits cannot exceed 80 percent of your average earning prior to becoming disabled.

Most of the time, the amount of workers’ compensation benefits received will remain consistent, and the amount of Social Security disability benefits received will be reduced. However, some workers’ compensation plans will reduce their benefits based on the amount of Social Security disability insurance a worker is receiving. It is very important that, if you are receiving both benefits, you understand how your benefit amounts will be affected.


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