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A question about getting disability and receiving a personal injury settlement

"If you get disability, do you have to report a personal injury settlement?"

I am a former disability examiner meaning that I made decisions on claims. This type of question would have to be answered by someone who actually was involved with income issues, such as a field office claims representative. My pat answer is that a person should report any and all income and/or new assets they receive to their local social security office. The last thing a person wants is to get an overpayment assessed against them, or even worse, a fraud investigation started. Regarding overpayments, I have seen many many people innocently get into trouble with being overpaid because of a failure to report income or assets. The best policy is to report.

How a personal injury settlement would be handled I personally would not know. As an aside, Social Security Disability is not concerned with assets at all. It is an earned benefit so your assets do not affect your eligibility. For SSI, assets do affect your eligibility. To receive SSI, a person cannot have more than $2000 in countable assets.

Here are some related pages on the site:

1. Working while on Social Security Disability and Not Reporting

2. If I Apply For Disability And Go Back To Work, Do I Need To Report This?

3. How important is reporting income for those who currently receive disability benefits?

4. What Income Will Affect Your Disability Benefits?

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

SSI disability reconsideration
Social Security Reconsideration status
How long does a Social Security Reconsideration take?
Social Security Reconsideration process
Social Security Disability Reconsideration denied
Tips for filing a Social Security Disability Reconsideration
Social Security Disability denial letter and appeal
What happens after you request a disability hearing?
Steps and Tips for requesting a disability hearing
Which medical conditions will social security recognize as a disability?
If I don't get disability back pay, do I pay a lawyer fee?
What is the average time for an answer after a SSDI or SSI disability hearing?
Will I get an increase in my SSI check?
Getting disability and receiving a personal injury settlement
Do disability benefits come from SSI or SSDI?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How to file for disability, filing tips
What to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits
Applying for disability benefits, SSI and SSDI
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability?
Will you get disability back pay?
Social Security Disability And SSI Qualifications
Permanent Disability Qualifications for SSD and SSI
Social Security Disability SSI status
Disability lawyer representation, finding lawyers
Who will qualify for disability and what qualifying is based on
Qualifications for Disability Benefits
Important points about filing for disability
How long does it take to get disability after applying?
Am I Eligible For Social Security Disability?
Who is eligible for SSI disability?
How to get disability in Florida