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September 22, 2020

Can I Get Disability After a Workers Comp Settlement? 

When you’re hurt in a Des Moines work accident, you may have some different options for your workers comp benefits. You may have gotten monthly checks from a workers comp settlement, or you may have settled with a lump sum. Now, though, you’re thinking about seeking Social Security disability, also called SSD. 

But can you get disability after a workers comp settlement? Your lawyer at Pothitakis Law Firm, PC can help you determine what you can do after a work accident.

Your Des Moines Workers Comp Claim Can Affect SSD

After you’ve received a workers comp settlement, your SSD benefits will be affected. The Social Security Administration will take note if you’ve received some benefits after your injury. But that doesn’t mean you’re ineligible for disability. 

Often, whether you’re eligible for disability as well depends on how much your workers comp claim will cover. If you’re hurt and seeking disability and workers compensation, the amount you receive can’t be more than 80% of your wages before the Des Moines work accident. 

Determining Whether You’re Eligible for Disability Benefits 

Workers comp benefits and SSD have different functions and may be offered in different situations. 

For example, your workers comp benefits are available immediately through your employer and should cover the time you’re unable to work. 

But disability benefits aren’t offered right away. Des Moines workers must have a history of employment before they’re eligible for these benefits. You’ll also need to prove you’re unable to work in any job in any capacity before you’re eligible for SSD. 

Talk to a Des Moines Workers Comp Lawyer about Disability 

When you’re hurt in a Des Moines work accident, you will want to maximize the funds you’re getting for your injuries. But getting disability after a workers comp settlement can be a little complex. Because of this, you may need a lawyer from Pothitakis Law Firm, PC. We can give you guidance, starting with a free consultation, when you call 319-754-6400 or fill out the following online contact form.

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