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Workers' compensation and Social Security Disability benefits

Workers in Stratford and throughout the Bridgeport metropolitan area in Connecticut know that on-the-job injuries can happen to anyone, in any occupation. For many injured workers, the injuries or illnesses that they suffer will only lead to a short time away from work, and the individual may apply for workers' compensation benefits to help them recover their lost wages, and also pay for medical expenses.

However, some accidents may lead to more serious conditions, which can mean that the injured worker will need more time to recover. If the injury or illness is severe enough that it could last for at least one year, the individual may, in addition to filing for workers' compensation benefits, also be eligible to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. These benefits ensure that those people who are disabled and unable to work receive income that will help them provide for their families.

Injured workers are eligible to apply for both workers' compensation and SSD benefits, but it is important that they understand the interplay between the two systems. It is a good idea to file for workers' compensation benefits before filing for SSD benefits, because the amount awarded under each system can be subject to an offset, which will limit the amount of money that an individual can obtain. You should consult an attorney as soon as possible before applying for either benefit, as there are strict time limitations.

This is done to ensure that the individual filing for these benefits does not receive double payments for his or her injuries. There are rules in place that prevent individuals from receiving workers' compensation and SSD benefits that are more than 80 percent of the worker's wages before the injury or illness.

The relationship between workers' compensation and Social Security Disability benefits can be very complicated. Each system has specific requirements in place, and failing to follow the steps in the proper order may have a significant impact upon the benefits than an individual may receive.

If you have questions about your workers' compensation or Social Security Disability benefits, speak to an experienced attorney about how best to proceed. It is extremely important that you understand the options available to you, in order to allow you to maximize the benefits that you may receive.

Failing to follow procedures properly may result in benefits being delayed, which can make it difficult for you to make ends meet while you are out of work. Recovering from your injuries can take time, and it is important that you receive the compensation you deserve. Do not file for these benefits without consulting an attorney who can explain the process to you.