Know If You Can File For Disability After Workers Comp Ends

Qualifying for disability after workers' compWorkers’ compensation benefits are designed to be temporary. An employee can receive medical care for a work-related injury while being compensated for lost time from work. However, all workers’ comp benefits will come to an end at some point.

What If I Am Disabled?

If the work accident rendered you disabled, you may qualify for Social Security Disability or SSD. You may qualify for SSD while receiving workers’ compensation. Also, you may qualify for SSD once your workers’ comp benefits end.

Requirements and Eligibility for SSD Benefits

In order to receive SSD benefits, you must have worked at a job covered by Social Security. Additionally, you must meet the following disability requirements:

  • You are physically or mentally incapable of doing any of the work you did before your injury or illness
  • You are physically or mentally incapable of learning or adjusting to new types of work due to your injury or illness
  • Your injury or illness is expected to last a minimum of one year, or is expected to result in death

While these requirements seem simple enough, applying and being approved for Social Security Disability is actually quite challenging. Often, even deserving individuals have their claims denied outright. Sometimes, the Administration decides that the person has the ability to learn a new job or go back to work.

If you are disabled due to of a work-related injury, reach out to our experienced legal team. Call now for more information.

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