wc and other benefitsIf you are an employee receiving workers’ compensation benefits, you may be wondering if you are still eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.  The answer is yes.

It is important to remember though, the number of benefits you receive under other programs may be affected by workers’ compensation benefits or vice versa.

Workers’ Compensation was created to protect employees and employers in the event of a work-related accident. 

Workers’ Compensation allows an employee to receive medical treatment and compensation for any wage loss because of a work-related injury or disease.

If you find yourself unable to return to the work you once did due to your work injury, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits.

The Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSD or SSDI) pays monthly benefits to disabled individuals who have worked and paid into the program.

Although your doctors may have deemed you disabled that does not mean the government has.  The Social Security Administration has a strict definition of disability.  Age, education, and work history are all contributing factors that Social Security takes into account when making a decision. 

You must also prove through medical documentation that you cannot do the work you did before, you cannot adjust to new work and your condition is expected to last one year or to result in death.

If you have been injured on the job, it is important to know you have options.

You may be eligible for these programs, and you should know that you do not have to apply alone. Contacting an experienced attorney can help you navigate through this process, making sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Recovering compensation after an accident

Getting the compensation you deserve after a workplace injury should be as easy as notifying your employer, seeing an approved doctor, and filing a claim.

However, things do not always go this smoothly. It is not uncommon for the insurance provider to deny your claim.

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If you were injured on the job or lost a loved one while they were on the job, contact the experienced attorneys at Berger and Green. We keep in mind your present and future needs. After an injury or a death, filing a claim will help you and your family during this difficult and unexpected time.  Call Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Pittsburgh today. 

Source: PA. GOV, “WC Act Landing Page.” 

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