SSDI and Workers’ Compensation Can Be Combined

August 29, 2011 | Product Liability

For many people hurt on the job, workers’ compensation benefits are a much-needed source of relief as they heal their injuries. Some job-related injuries can lead to other complications or can even take more than a year to heal. Compensation for medical bills and lost wages through workers’ compensation can help some individuals stay financially afloat during this time. Others need Social Security disability benefits to assist them.

Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) attorneys recommend that an individual apply for SSDI early on as it can take some time for the Social Security office to review the file. Add to that the high probability of a denial and subsequent appeal hearings to review an individual’s case, and it’s never too early to send in a SSDI application. Having a SSDI lawyer review an individual’s application before it gets sent will ensure completeness and relevant medical records are with it to increase the chances of getting a successful SSDI award from the beginning. It’s important to know that getting paid workers’ compensation will reduce the SSDI award, but there will still be some monies sent to the individual.

Many individuals who are unable to work due to serious work injuries wonder what will happen to their case if they have multiple issues that prevent them from working versus just one. The Social Security Administration (SSA) does consider numerous issues that can cause an individual to not be able to work.

“While we spend a great deal of time working to succeed in our jobs and careers, few of us think about ensuring that we have a safety net to fall back on should we become disabled,” said the Social Security Administration. The SSA will take into account your inability to work, reduced ability to complete daily tasks, and other key factors to determine your eligibility.

The SSA will want to verify an individual cannot do their job for at least a year and cannot transfer to a different job because of the condition. The medical evidence in the file must show that an impairment – or combination thereof – does make the person disabled and is severe enough to truly prevent any kind of work. Sometimes the SSA will want an individual to complete a consultative examination (CE) for additional information or clarification on the impairments.

Benefits typically continue until normal work for more than $1,000 a month can be resumed. Sometimes the SSA does have work incentives to continue benefits as an individual makes it back to the workplace.

In Tampa Bay, Zephyrhills Social Security Disability attorney Robert Alston counsels clients on every step of the SSDI process. He has more than 10 years representing disabled adults and children, veterans, and the aged and blind with their SSDI matters. Robert Alston is a partner at Alston & Baker, P.A. To contact a Tampa Social Security Disability lawyer or Zephyrhills Social Security Disability lawyer, call 1.888.500.5245 or visit

Robert Alston is with Alston & Baker, PA. To contact a Zephyrhills personal injury lawyer, Zephyrhills divorce lawyer, or Zephyrhills social security lawyer, call 1.888.500.5245 or visit

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