The short answer to this question is yes, but the details of the injury claim control the approval. Both programs are maintained independently, and both are insurance claims in their essence, so it is indeed possible to receive both at the same time. The primary difference is that workers’ compensation is a temporary insurance program while Social Security Disability Insurance awards are for total and permanent disability. Being properly compensated for both can be a complicated issue, and it is always best to have representation from a North Carolina SSDI lawyer when filing for benefits, due to the complexities of the workers’ compensation insurance and SSI Disability programs.

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation claims are based on an inability to perform your previous job duties at work due to an injury or illness that happened at work or is directly related to the work environment. As a matter of fact, workers’ compensation cases where employers are violating established OSHA laws could result in punitive damages also, or at least general damages for long-term implications. These benefits may be payable due to the status as an employee who could work but is no longer able.


Social Security Disability Insurance awards are based on total and permanent disability, and they can still apply after an applicant has become disabled due to a work injury that is covered by workers’ compensation. They do not impact each other except when the disabled individual is only eligible for SSI and a worker’s compensation award disqualifies the applicant due to excessive personal assets. This is actually when it is vital to have either SSDI lawyers or a disability lawyer handling the case because technicalities can make the difference to the outcome of the claim and often a claim denial can be avoided by having representation from a qualified attorney.
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