Can I Receive Workers Comp and Social Security Disability at the Same Time?
When you’re hurt in a work accident, you may need workers comp benefits to recover from your injuries and maintain your quality of life. But eventually, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. These benefits can help cover your daily expenses when you’re unable to work.
So can you receive both workers comp and Social Security disability at the same time? Generally, that’s not the case, but your lawyer at Kooi Law can help you maximize the benefits you receive while you’re recovering from a work accident. Check out the details below to learn more.
Workers Compensation vs. Social Security Benefits
In the aftermath of a work accident, you may be unable to return to work for some time. A spinal cord injury, concussion, or the loss of a digit or limb, as a few examples, can impact your ability to do your job. Because of this, you may be due workers comp benefits to help you recover.
These benefits should cover all the costs of your medical treatment, as well as provide compensation for the days you were unable to work. These benefits can help you recover from your accident.
But Social Security disability isn’t meant to help you get back to work. Your Social Security benefits are benefits paid to those who can no longer work and meet certain criteria. If your injuries have caused a permanent disability and you won’t be returning to work, you may be due compensation for these damages.
Determining the Benefits You’re Due
After a serious accident, you need the maximum benefits available to help you recover from your injuries. But that doesn’t mean you can get both of these types of benefits after your injury. In fact, your workers comp benefits may reduce your Social Security benefits or even end them.
It’s also likely that you’ll need help getting fairly compensated. Unfortunately, the workers comp insurer may be unwilling to pay the full amount you need for a recovery, for example, or your employer may have refused your work comp claim. When this happens, you may need help ensuring you get your benefits, even if the insurance company doesn’t want to pay.
Seek Your Max Benefits with a Lawyer’s Help
When you’re hurt on the job, you need benefits that cover your needs. Unfortunately, many Indiana workers struggle to get the benefits they’re due, which makes recovery longer and more difficult. While you may not be able to receive workers comp and Social Security disability benefits at the same time, you still have options to seek fair compensation.
At Kooi Law, we’re devoted to helping you get the funds you need to recover. If you’re struggling with your claim, we offer free consultations for those injured and in need of help. To get started with us, call 317-569-1335 or fill out the online contact form below.