Social Security and Disability Benefits

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Social Security and Disability Benefits

Courtesy of the Social Security Administration

Question: Will my disability benefits be reduced if I get workers’ compensation or other public disability benefits? (D. Mendoza, Hialeah Gardens)  

Answer: 

If you get either workers’ compensation or public disability benefit payments, we may reduce Social Security benefits for you and your family. 

Workers get workers’ compensation benefit payments because of job-related injuries or illnesses. Federal or state workers’ compensation agencies, employers or insurance companies pay workers’ compensation on behalf of employers. 

Related: Will My Disability Benefits Be Reduced If I Get Worker’s Compensation or Other Public Disability Benefits?

Public disability benefit payments paid under a federal, state or local government law may affect your Social Security benefit. This includes civil service disability benefits, temporary state disability benefits, and state or local government retirement benefits based on disability. Disability payments from private sources, such as a private pension or insurance benefits, do not affect your Social Security disability benefits. 

Related: How to Manage Your Social Security Online

We reduce the Social Security disability benefits you and your family get if the combined total amount, plus your workers’ compensation payment, plus any public disability payment you get, exceeds 80 percent of your average earnings before you became injured or ill.