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Are workers' compensation and disability benefits different?


When an Arizona resident is injured at work, many questions may arise. Knowing just what to do following a workplace accident can prove challenging. Some may be vaguely aware of the options open to them, but may not know exactly what avenue to pursue. For instance, an injured worker may know about workers' compensation and disability benefits, but may not be aware of the differences between the two.

Steps to take when injured in a workplace accident


Workplace accidents and injuries can occur in a number of different workplace settings, including construction settings, warehouse settings or office settings. It is important to understand resources and options available and know what to do in the circumstances of a workplace accident or injury. Injured workers and their families may oftentimes rely on workers' compensation benefits which is why injured workers should always be familiar with their rights.

Can workers' compensation affect Social Security disability?


Workers in Arizona who suffer an on-the-job injury and receive workers' compensation need to be aware that the workers' compensation payments might affect Social Security disability payments, if they also receive those payments. If a person is receiving payments from private insurers or pension funds, then the payments from Social Security will not be affected. Workers' compensation is a different matter. Since workers' compensation payments are made to a worker who suffered an injury at work and might be paid by the state or federal institutions, SSD payments can be reduced.

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