Can I get both workers' compensation and Social Security Disability benefits?

Q: I got hurt on the job and I'm drawing workers' compensation benefits. Can I get both workers' compensation and Social Security disability benefits?

A: Yes. You can receive both at the same time. However, depending on which State you live in, either your workers' compensation or your Social Security disability benefits will be reduced so that the total amount of the combined benefits do not exceed 80 percent of your average earnings before you became disabled. You do not have to wait until the workers' compensation ends. It is best to file the Social Security disability claim as soon as possible because otherwise there may be a gap between the time the workers' compensation ends and the Social Security disability benefits begin. More information is available online about how Workers' Compensation and Other Disability Payments May affect Your Benefits.