FAQ: Can I Get Social Security While I’m On PA Workers’ Compensation?

Pennsylvania workers’ compensation act extends benefits to the workers injured at the workplace during the course of their employment. These benefits include compensation for medical bills (covered under the injury, as per the settlement signed between the injured worker and the insurance company), as well as, partial or full wage coverage, depending on the work comp case.

Social security, on the other hand, is a federal program in the U.S. that provides retirement benefits and disability income to qualified people, as well as their spouses, children, and survivors. (Source: Investopedia)

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Can Injured Workers Get Social Security While on Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp Benefit?

The short answer to the question is, Yes. Both social security and Pennsylvania workers’ comp benefits can work together.

With respect to Social Security Old Age Benefits, if you were already receiving such benefits before the work injury, then there is no offset. However, if you started receiving old age benefits after the work injury, then the workers’ comp insurer is entitled to a 50% offset of your wage loss benefits.

FAQ: Can PA Work Comp Reduce My Checks If I Am Receiving Social Security Old Age Benefits?

With respect to Social Security Disability Benefits, you can also receive that simultaneous with workers’ comp – but with workers’ compensation your social security disability benefit or entitlement/amount will be reduced commensurate with the amount of work comp wage loss benefits. Once you settle your workers’ comp case, the SSD amount should increase subject to a monthly offset (your portion of the settlement spread out over the rest of your expected life- converted into a monthly amount).

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