Workers compensation covers your medical bills and fees in the event that you have suffered an injury or illness while on the job. You may benefit from worker’s compensation regardless if you were at fault for the injury. Additionally, you may benefit from worker’s compensation even if you are a part-time employee. Under Arizona law, an employer must file a workers compensation claim with ICA after you have notified them of your injury.

In 2013 alone, 917,100 workplace illnesses and injuries caused missed work days. Missed work days result in missed pay. Workers compensation assists injured workers with missed pay as well as medical expenses. However, in the event that the injury causes the worker to remain out of work for more than a year they may be able to claim Social Security disability benefits.

What is Social Security?

According to the Social Security Administration, Social Security offers monthly cash benefits to those who “can’t work because they have a medical condition that’s expected to last at least one year or result in death.” Only after six months of being unable to work is a person able to apply for Social Security disability benefits.

Do I qualify for Social Security disability benefits?

If you meet Social Security’s definition of disability while simultaneously having worked for jobs that Social Security covers, then you are qualified for Social Security disability benefits.

Am I able to receive both Social Security disability benefits as well as Workers Compensation?

Yes and no. It is possible to benefit from both programs as Social Security is provided by the United States government whereas your worker’s compensation is provided by the state of Arizona. However depending on your injury, situation, and whether you have hired a workers compensation lawyer who can skillfully maneuver this type of lawful terrain it is also possible you may only qualify for one.

The qualifications for your worker’s compensation and Social Security disability benefits are very different. To file a claim for worker’s compensation, you must simply be unable to perform the current job at which you suffered the injury. However, to file a claim for Social Security disability benefits, you must be completely disabled and unable to work for any employer regardless of the job for a year or more.

How can I be sure whether or not I can benefit from Social Security disability?

Hiring a lawyer specializing in workers compensation or Social Security disability benefits will guarantee you the best results. A workers compensation lawyer through the law offices of Robert E. Wisniewski can help you knowledgeably determine your eligibility for Social Security benefits as well as any additional benefits the state of Arizona may offer you.