Jonathan H. Poznansky, Attorney at Law

Some public benefits can affect amount of SSD benefits

If you've been inflicted with an unexpected and serious illness, or suffered a significant and disabling injury, then you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. The compensation recovered through this program can be of tremendous importance, as you may be unable to work, which means you could become dependent on SSD benefits to keep a roof over your head and put food on the table. While improved health and the ability to reenter the workforce may lead to a reduction or cessation of your SSD benefits, receiving other forms of public assistance may have a similar affect.

For example, if your disabling condition was caused by a workplace accident, then you may also receive workers' compensation benefits in addition to your SSD benefits. The money recovered through workers' compensation will likely decrease the amount of your SSD claim. Other public disability benefits, such as those provided by state and local governments, may also decrease the compensation you can recover from the Social Security Administration.

There are some benefits that don't affect SSD, though. Benefits received through the Veterans Administration, state and local governments where Social Security taxes were deducted, and Supplemental Security Income have no bearing on the amount of SSD benefits you can recover.

What does this mean for you? It means that you need to be open and honest with the Social Security Administration about the benefits you are receiving and the sources of those benefits. Failing to do so could leave you in a position where you have to pay back disability benefits, which can leave you struggling financially. If you need counsel addressing this issue, or any other matter related to Social Security disability, then you may want to sit down with a competent legal professional.

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