Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Disability Denials and Filing Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Back Pay and the disability award notice
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
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What Income Will Affect Your Disability Benefits? (Workers Compensation, Wages etc)
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A couple types of income generally affect Social Security disability benefits: workman’s compensation and work activity (wages).
Work activity is any activity for which an individual receives pay for their services. The amount an individual earns can affect their eligibility to receive disability benefits on a monthly basis and may even lead to a termination of disability benefits altogether.
Social Security notices and informational mailings often explain the importance of monitoring your work activity while receiving disability benefits and reporting all work activity timely. If you do not report your work and Social Security determines that you should not have received payment because of your earnings, you will have an overpayment.
If you are receiving workman’s compensation, your Social Security disability will be offset (reduced) by the amount of workman’s compensation you are receiving. If your workman’s compensation benefits are stopped and you receive a settlement, your Social Security disability benefit may increase depending upon the language in your Workman’s compensation settlement.
The important thing to remember about Workman’s compensation and Social Security disability is that there is an offset of benefits and that a failure to report workman’s compensation benefits or settlements can cause you to have a large overpayment.
Supplemental Security Income disability also considers work activity, however work is handled differently. SSI is a need-based program, therefore earnings are used to determine the monthly benefit of disability beneficiaries. Although SSI disability beneficiaries cannot be medically terminated because of work activity, their disability benefit can be stopped.
If an individual’s disability benefit remains inactive due to income or resources for a year or more, the individual will have to file a new disability claim should they wish to receive disability benefits again. Unlike Social Security disability, other types of income may potentially affect your eligibility for SSI disability benefits. Long or short-term disability benefits, unemployment, workman’s compensation, rental income, or any other kind of income affects your eligibility to SSI benefits.
Related information: How much are you allowed to work and earn if you apply for or receive disability benefits?.
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