Can I receive Social Security Disability while on Alabama Workers' Comp

Since the firm of Powell and Denny has made the decision to focus our practice on Alabama Workers' Comp and Social Security Disability claims in Alabama, we have heard this question from some of our seriously injured client many times. The answer is YES, you may receive Social Security Disability benefits while still receiving ttd checks on your Alabama Workers' Comp claim. Workers' comp benefits are not viewed as "earned income" by the Social Security Administration, and therefore they do not disqualify you from receiving Social Security Disability benefits; however, the Social Security Administration will adjust the amount they pay you based on how much you are receiving from your Alabama Workers' Comp claim.

On Social Security Disability claims, the disabled worker is only allowed to receive 80% of the average weekly wage the received prior to becoming disabled. In Alabama, an injured worker receives 2/3rds of their average weekly wage in temporary total disability benefits (ttd benefits), hence, Social Security will offset any award for Social Security Disability benefits by this amount. Once your right to temporary total disability benefits (ttd benefits) ends, contact the Social Security Administration so your monthly disability check will be increased to its normal payment amount.

Workers' Compensation claims and claims for Social Security Disability benefits intertwine with each other, not only with regards to being able to draw both workers' compensation benefits and Social Security benefits at the same time, but in how the potential settlement of your Alabama Workers Compensation claim will effect your right to future Social Security Disability benefits. Given the interplay between Alabama Workers' Comp benefits and Social Security Disability benefits, it is in your interest to ensure that in the situation where you have suffered a serious job injury your claim is reviewed by an attorney with experience handling both Alabama Workers' Comp and Social Security Disability claims.

If you have an Alabama Workers' Comp claim and a pending claim for Social Security Disability benefits, don't hesitate to contact Powell and Denny with your questions.

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Can I receive Social Security Disability while on Alabama Workers' Comp