Workers Comp & Social Security Disability Security
If you are an employee who suffers an injury at work, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation to cover your medical expenses and the wages you do not earn while you are out of work to recover. If you are disabled, either permanently or temporarily, you can also receive compensation through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. However, whether you qualify or not for this type of coverage depends on the number of work credits you have and the extent to which your injury has impacted your ability to perform your job.
Qualifying for Workers’ Compensation
If you are a covered employee of your company and you are injured while you are at work, performing your job duties, you qualify for workers’ compensation coverage as long as you meet the following requirements:
- You receive medical attention shortly after your accident and the doctor, who must be approved by the New York Workers’ Compensation Board unless you received immediate critical care after the accident, must file Form C-4 with the New York Workers’ Compensation Board within 48 hours of the accident;
- You notify your employer of your accident in writing within 30 days of its occurrence; and
- Your employer files Form C-3 with the Workers’ Compensation Board.
Take action by seeking medical care for your injury right away. Then, contact a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as you can after you receive medical care.
Qualifying for SSDI Benefits
To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must meet the following requirements:
- You have sufficient work credits as determined by the Social Security Administration;
- Your injury makes it impossible for you to do the same type of work you did previously;
- Your injury makes it impossible for you to seek another type of work; and
- Your disability is expected to last at least one year or result in your death.
You must prove that you are totally disabled to receive SSDI benefits. Even if you are completely disabled, you have to prove this to the Social Security Administration through your application. You can apply for SSDI benefits over the phone, online, or by visiting your local field office. Because it is fairly common for SSDI claims to be denied initially, it is in your best interest to work with an experienced SSDI attorney.
Work with a New York Workers’ Compensation and SSDI Attorney
If you have been injured on the job, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation. If you are temporarily or permanently disabled because of your injury, you could be entitled to compensation through SSDI. Learn more about the benefits you are entitled to receive by scheduling your free consultation with New York SSDI and workers’ compensation attorney Robert A. Koenigsberg of The Law Office of Robert A. Koenigsberg. Do not wait to make the call – contact our firm today to get started on your case.