Does Workers’ Compensation Affect Social Security Disability Benefits?

If you are applying for SSDI or SSI, you will need to provide the Social Security Administration with information about your workers’ compensation benefits.

It is very common for someone who is receiving Worker Compensation to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). In most cases, if you are receiving money from workers compensation, then those payments will offset your SSDI or SSI payments. In general, the offset is usually dollar for dollar.

For example, Mary in San Diego was receiving workers compensation for an injury that occurred at work. Her monthly workers’ comp payment was $450. Mary was also awarded Social Security Disability Insurance benefits after her claim was approved by the Social Security Administration. Mary was going to receive $1300 a month from her Social Security Disability, however, since she was already receiving $450 in workers comp, her SSDI payment was reduced to $850 per month.

If you are applying for SSDI or SSI, you will need to provide the Social Security Administration with information about your workers’ compensation benefits.

If you have already been approved for Social Security Disability benefits, and you are later awarded workers’ compensation benefits, then you need to notify the Social Security Administration about it.

You may find that having been found eligible for SSDI benefits might help you win a workers’ compensation case.

If you would like more information about how workers’ compensation might affect your chances of being eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, schedule a free consultation with a social security disability attorney.