While Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability both provide benefits to those
who are unable to work due to an injury, they are two different government programs. Workers’
Compensation only provides benefits to workers who are injured on the job or who have a work-related
illness. Social Security Disability is paid to people with severe injuries and disabilities
— including workers under certain circumstances — no matter where they occurred. An
attorney skilled in Social Security Disability and Workers’ Compensation can assist you in
processing claims for both programs.
Workers’ Compensation programs are administered by the states,
each of which has its own guidelines. Employers pay Workers’ Compensation benefits. Employees
are eligible from their first day of work with the company. Benefits include medical treatment for
work-related conditions and cash payments that partially replace lost wages. Temporary total
disability benefits are paid to workers whose injuries leave them totally unable to work for a
period of time. Should the condition have lasting consequences after the worker heals,
Workers’ Compensation provides additional assistance.
Social Security Disability is a federal program. The benefits are
available to people who have met Social Security payment requirements through payroll or
self-employment taxes and have worked a specific number of hours during a period of time. Regardless
of where the disability occurred, the benefits are paid to workers who meet these
The medically determinable physical or mental impairment
is expected to last a year or result in death.
The worker cannot do his or her
previous work or any other type of substantial gainful work.
Protect your rights by contacting Meggesto, Crossett
& Valerino, LLP
Meggesto, Crossett &
Valerino, LLP offers skilled and compassionate legal assistance for injured clients applying for
Workers’ Compensation or Social Security Disability. Our expert advice can guide you through
every step of the claims process. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation at our Syracuse
Meggesto, Crossett & Valerino, LLP 313 East Willow Street Syracuse, NY
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