What’s the Difference Between Social Security Disability and Workers’ Comp Disability?

Becoming too disabled to work can be a frightening experience as you try to figure out how to ensure you have the income you need to support yourself. The good news is, there are options out there to receive disability income. However, navigating all your different options can be difficult.

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to determine which benefits programs you are most likely to qualify for to provide you with monthly income when you cannot work. For example, two of your options include Social Security Disability and workers’ compensation disability. 

Workers’ Compensation Disability vs. Social Security Disability

Workers’ compensation and Social Security both provide disability income but work differently. 

Workers’ comp benefits are available for long-term and short-term disability, but only if the disability is directly caused by performance of work tasks. Partial disability benefits are also available if your disabling condition still allows you to work but for less compensation than you were receiving before becoming disabled. 

Social Security Disability, on the other hand is available only if you have a long-term disabling condition lasting twelve months or longer. Benefits are not available for any short-term conditions and you must be totally unable to work at any job for which you would be qualified. 

There are other important differences too, including in qualifying requirements and in the amount you receive in monthly income. If you are not certain which disability benefits program is the right one for you, or if you want help applying for disability income, contact a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer today.