Question: How are my disability benefits affected by workers’ compensation payments? 

Answer: Your family’s Social Security disability payments could be reduced by a worker’s compensation payment and/or another public disability payment.

A payment from workers’ compensation is one that is made to a worker who has sustained a job-related injury or illness. It may be paid by federal or state workers’ compensation agencies, employers, or insurance companies on behalf of employers.

Your Social Security benefit could also be affected by public disability payments. Those are paid under a federal, state, or local government law or plan. Typically, those payments will not be base upon a disability related to work.

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