Do I Qualify If I Have Another Source of Benefits?
How Public & Private Benefits Affect Social Security Disability
If you are seeking Social Security Disability but are already receiving public or private benefits, you may still qualify. It is possible that you’ll face a reduction in your SSDI benefits, or that you can receive full benefits from all sources.
Several factors will influence whether you’ll experience a reduction in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI):
- What source your other benefits are coming from (such as public versus private)
- What your average income was before you were disabled
- Whether the combined total of your benefits is more than 80% of your prior earnings
Benefits That Do Not Impact SSDI/SSI
Disability payments that come from private sources should not affect SSDI or SSI. Certain public benefits are also exempt. Examples include:
- Private pensions
- Insurance benefits
- Veterans Administration (VA) benefits
- Supplemental Security Income
Benefits That Do Impact SSI
Workers’ compensation or other public disability benefits will impact your Social Security Disability amount, resulting in a reduction of SSDI benefits until your total income from benefits does not exceed 80% of your prior average wages.
Get Help That Applies to Your Unique Situation
The best way to determine how your SSDI or SSI benefits will be impacted is by completing a thorough review of your unique situation. At Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC, we have decades of experience in disability matters across Pennsylvania, and we can apply this knowledge to help you face the challenge of securing the full disability benefits to which you’re entitled. Our attorneys can competently handle filing your SSDI or SSI application, filing an appeal, and pursuing SSDI backpay. Our firm has helped clients across the state for nearly 100 years.