What can affect a worker's SSD benefits in Pennsylvania?

Residents of Dauphin, Pennsylvania, would agree that a serious injury at a workplace can greatly impact the emotional and financial lives of a worker and his or her family. It could further complicate things for the family if the worker was the major financial contributor for the family. Thankfully, there are laws that ensure compensation to a worker in the event that the worker receives a serious injury at the workplace.

A worker is entitled to workers' compensation benefits, which are paid on the behalf of the employer, for a job-related injury or illness. He or she may also be eligible for other non-job-related benefits for disabling medical conditions, which are typically paid by a federal and/or state government.

According to the laws governing Social Security, if a worker, apart from receiving other public disability benefits, is also receiving workers' compensation benefits, his or her social security benefits may be reduced. However, those benefits will not be affected if the worker receives disability payments from private sources.

Per Social Security regulations, if a worker's disability has been determined to be permanent and he or she receives Social Security Disability Insurance payments, the amount that the worker receives can be reduced if the worker also has been awarded workers' compensation benefits. In the event of other benefits whose total exceeds 80 percent of the average current earnings at the time of the disabling injury, worker's SSDI payments will be reduced, with the amount to be reduced determined by the Social Security Administration. SSDI reductions will stop only after a worker turns 65 or when the other benefits stop.

A worker's social security benefits may also be affected if a worker receives a lump sum of workers' compensation benefits from the employer or other disability payments in addition to or instead of a monthly benefit. It is in the interest of a worker to inform officials about any change in the status of other disability payments or the cessation of those benefits, as these changes may affect the amount of a worker's social security benefits.

Source: Social Security Administration, "How Workers' Compensation and Other Disability Payments May Affect Your Benefits," accessed Jan. 8, 2015

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