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Can I Receive Worker's Compensation and SSDI Benefits at the Same Time?

This question is asked quite often and the answer is yes. There is no restriction on receiving Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) if you’re already receiving Worker’s Compensation benefits. The only caveat is that the combination of the two program payments must not exceed 80% of your original salary from working.

An Example of Receiving Worker’s Compensation and SSDI benefits

Let’s say you were making $5000 a month before becoming disabled. Under the guidelines, the combination of your Worker’s Compensation and SSDI benefits cannot exceed 80 percent of your income. So, the most you could get from both programs combined is $4000 a month. If receiving more, then the Social Security Administration office will adjust your SSDI payment down until it meets the threshold.

Similarly, if you were receiving Worker’s Compensation and SSDI benefits were your payout was a total 80 percent of your income, but then your Worker’s Compensation benefits expired, then your SSDI amount would be adjusted up to meet the threshold.

In short, this is one of the more straightforward questions about receiving SSDI benefits, however, it’s always a good idea to check with a disability attorney about your specific situation, because there are unique differences in every case, and the Social Security Administration may handle your situation differently.

About Workers Compensation

All Workers’ Compensation programs are run by the individual state that you reside in, so their administration is separated from SSDI which operates as a federal program. Their primary purpose is different – Workers’ Compensation is meant to “tide you over” after being injured or otherwise unable to work. It’s generally a short-term program, that can help you get through the application process for disability. That being said, because they are state-run programs, the qualifying factors for each state is different, and may not match the factors required for disability benefits through Social Security Administration. This means you may qualify for SSDI benefits, but not Workers’ Compensation, or vice-versa. is here to help

Depending on your state, there may be advantages to applying to one program before the other. Because of this, it is a good idea to contact a disability lawyer as soon as possible, so that they can guide you on how best to proceed to increase the chance of a successful application. Applying for disability as early as you can is a good idea as the application process can take some time. Get started by filling out the form on this page with the details of your case. Once we receive your information, an experienced disability attorney will contact you to give you a better idea if you qualify for SSD benefits Can and how you should best proceed.

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