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Q. Should I apply for Social Security when I am receiving Workers’ Compensation benefits?

A. Generally, yes. Social Security law requires that you be disabled for a period of twelve (12) months or more. You become eligible for Workers’ Compensation weekly checks when you miss more than one (1) week of work. If you believe that you might miss more than twelve (12) months of work, you should apply for Social Security. Since you may be forced to wait over one (1) year to receive Social Security benefits, you should apply for these benefits unless you are positive you will return to work within the twelve (12) month period. The interaction between Workers’ Compensation and Social Security benefits is very complicated. You should consult a qualified lawyer to make sure you coordinate the receipt of these benefits.