Can I Get Workers Compensation And Social Security Disability Benefits At The Same Time?

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Can I Have Both Workers’ Compensation And Social Security Disability Benefits?

A work injury could cause serious disability. In other cases, a work injury could add to the difficulties of an existing disability. Whatever your situation may be, it is important to understand how workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability benefits operate.

At the Law Office of Ellene Welsh, we have extensive experience in both workers’ compensation cases and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) cases. If you need to know your options after a new injury or condition, we can give you advice for your specific circumstances. Consult with us to get complete information before filing your claims.

The 80 Percent Rule

You can receive both workers’ compensation and SSDI benefits. In fact, filing for both types of assistance can provide the money you and your family need.

However, workers’ compensation could reduce your SSDI benefits depending on the amount you receive. It is important to discuss the possibilities with your attorney.

If the total amount of monthly workers’ compensation payments plus SSDI exceeds 80 percent of your monthly income before the injury or disability, your benefits would decrease according to the difference. If your workers’ compensation payments end, and you are still eligible for SSDI benefits, your SSDI payments may return to the full amount.

SSDI calculations are complicated. Our knowledgeable lawyer can help you overcome the challenges of blending multiple types of benefits. We know that adjusting to a disability or serious injury is difficult, and we will be committed advocates for you.

Can I claim these benefits in addition to SSDI, or do I have to choose?

Even if you receive SSD, you are absolutely allowed to claim any disability benefits you are entitled to. Some of them, however, may reduce your SSDI benefits. The good news is that private disability insurance proceeds and veterans’ disability benefits do not affect your Social Security disability benefits at all.

Payments that do affect your SSD benefits include:

  • Workers’ compensation, whether you get a lump-sum payment or monthly payments
  • State or local disability benefits not related to workplace injuries or illnesses, such as:
    • Civil service disability benefits
    • Temporary disability benefits provided by a state
    • State or local retirement benefits that are base on disability

How will my SSD benefit be affected?

The total amount of these types of benefits you receive can’t exceed 80 percent of your average earnings before your disability, as calculated by the Social Security Administration. The SSA will total all Social Security disability benefits your family receives and add it to the amount you receive from workers’ comp or a public disability payment. If that amount exceeds 80 percent of your pre-disability average earnings, the SSA will deduct any excess from your Social Security disability payment.

Depending on the circumstances, the Social Security Administration uses different methods to calculate your pre-disability average earnings. If you want more information about how yours were calculated, you can contact or the SSA.

A final note: it is very important to report any changes in your benefits to the Social Security Administration. That includes if the amount you receive through workers’ comp or other programs changes or the benefits stop.

If you have questions or want more information, contact a Social Security disability attorney or visit the SSA’s disability web portal.

Call a Social Security Attorney Who Provides Personal Service

You are more than a case number at the Law Office of Ellene Welsh. We know that you may be in pain and stressed about benefit-related legal issues. Our team will be patient and attentive to your needs. Call 770-489-3456, or email our firm in Douglasville and Columbus for a free consultation.

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Avedis SmithAvedis Smith
20:02 27 Jul 23
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21:47 02 Jan 23
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20:29 11 Jul 22
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02:49 01 Feb 17
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Meet Your Douglasville Social Security and Workers Compensation Attorney Ellene Welsh

At Ellene Welsh's Law Office, our mission is to assist clients in obtaining essential benefits such as workers' compensation, Social Security Disability payments, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). With a legal career spanning back to 1988, attorney Ellene Welsh is a strong advocate for individuals facing physical and mental disabilities that hinder their ability to earn a livelihood. Serving clients across Georgia from our Columbus and Douglasville offices, we're committed to getting you started promptly. For immediate contact with Attorney Ellene Welsh, please dial 770-489-3456 today.

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With 35 years of legal experience, Attorney Ellene Welsh specializes in assisting individuals in the Douglasville, Columbus, and West Georgia areas to secure Work Comp, Social Security Disability, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, leveraging her in-depth knowledge of the systems and collaborating with admin officials to secure her clients the financial support they deserve.

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