Q. Can an injured worker obtain both workers’and Social Security disability benefits at the same time?
A. Yes. A disabled worker can receive both. However, the amount of Social Security disability benefits received will be offset by the amount received in workers’ compensation. The combined amounts of the disabled worker’s Social Security benefits plus the workers’ compensation payment may not exceed 80% of the worker’s average current earnings. (Note: The combined payments after reduction are never less than what the total Social Security benefits were before the reduction.)
For example: Prior to the disability, the worker’s average current earnings were $4,000 a month. The worker is eligible to receive a total of $2,200 a month in Social Security disability. However, the worker also receives $2,000 a month from workers’ compensation. Since the total amount of benefits the worker would receive ($4,200) is more than 80% of average current earnings ($3,200), the worker will receive $1,000 less in Social Security benefits.