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How does workers' compensation affect Social Security benefits?

Workers' compensation may be extended to all workers who are injured during the course of employment. Many employees may suffer severe workplace injuries that may render them paralyzed due to the gravity of the injury. An employee may even die due to the injuries suffered. Pennsylvania law dictates that all such employees who have suffered injuries either at the workplace or during the course of employment must be compensated by the employer under workers' compensation.

Sometimes, if the employee has suffered permanent disability, then he may even be eligible for other government sponsored benefits in the form of Social Security disability benefits. Any such benefits received due to disabilities suffered are added along with the workers' compensation received from the employer and insurance companies under Pennsylvania law.

The cumulative benefits so received are assessed alongside one's earnings. In case the cumulative benefits received from workers' compensation and other benefits exceed 80 percent of the beneficiary's current income, such amount may be deducted from Social Security under the statutory provisions. One may often find it beneficial to contact professional help in order to have a deeper understanding regarding the benefits and the amount that they may be eligible for under the law.

The Social Security Administration has a specific formula to calculate the amount of benefits that a person is eligible for. Various factors including current income, nature of injuries and age may factor into the calculation. If the person's financial situation undergoes a major change, the authorities must be informed ASAP, so the Social Security benefits can be re-assessed.

Source: SSA.gov, "How workers' compensation and other disability payments may affect your benefits", accessed on Dec. 26, 2014

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