If an accident or illness has left you disabled, how can you care for yourself and your family? Depending on the circumstances that led to your condition, you may have several paths toward financial recovery, which you can often use in combination:
For purposes of this discussion, let’s assume you were hurt at work when you made a careless mistake, so you can receive workers’ comp benefits, but you cannot sue outside of workers’ compensation due to the employer’s workers’ compensation immunity. We’ll further assume you don’t have private insurance, so your recovery is limited to permanent disability benefits from workers’ comp and SSDI. Can you apply for and receive both?
The short answer is yes. It’s possible for you to receive benefits from both sources. However, there are a couple of caveats:
If you didn’t qualify for workers’ comp because you are a private contractor or your injury wasn’t work related, you can also apply for SSDI while pursing a personal injury lawsuit.
Every disabled individual needs to know how to maximize their benefits to minimize their financial hardship. An experienced disability benefits lawyer can help.
Vassallo, Bilotta, Friedman & Davis helps injured clients in Florida appeal denials of workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance claims. Please call 561-422-4630 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at one of our offices, located in West Palm Beach and Stuart.