Individuals who are unable to support themselves and their families due to work-related injuries are usually eligible for workers' compensation benefits, typically including medical treatment and wage replacement. In many cases, injured workers may also be able to qualify for Social Security Disability and SSI benefits, as well. However, the amount of worker's compensation benefits a worker receives may have a significant impact on the amount you collect from Social Security Disability.
According to the Social Security Administration, private benefits such as private pensions or disability insurance have no impact on an applicant's ability to collect Social Security Disability. However, public benefits, such as workers' compensation, Supplemental Security Income, and other assorted sources will. While you may collect Social Security Disability as a result of a work injury, if the total amount collected exceeds 80% of the average income before your injury, you may see a reduction of your benefit amount. This amount includes any Social Security benefits collected by other members of your family, so you may require the assistance of a skilled attorney to help determine your eligibility.
The interactions between different types of public benefits is only one aspect of the application process, which can often be complex and intimidating. In severe injury cases, especially those which result in long-term or permanent disability, having an experienced lawyer with an in-depth understanding of the Social Security Disability system can help ensure that injured workers collect all the benefits they deserve.
For more than 15 years, the The Gil Law Firm in Dothan has been helping injured workers throughout Alabama, Florida, and Georgia navigate the complexities of the disability system. Follow their Facebook for more disability tips, visit them online to learn more about their legal services, or call (334) 673-0100 to discuss your Social Security or SSI claim with a member of their team today.