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If I am on workers’ comp, should I wait to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance?

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If you are on workers' comp and are thinking about filing for social security disability, there are definitely circumstances in which you should not apply for social security at a particular time.

It all depends, of course, on the facts of your workers' comp case, where you are in your case (both medically and financially), etc. In any event, if you are on workers' comp benefits and are thinking of applying for social security disability, you need to first consult with an attorney. This is because there are advantages and disadvantages of filing for Social Security Disability at a particular time in your case, and only an experienced attorney help you understand these pros and cons.

Again, the impact of filing for disability, even just filing (whether you qualify or not), can slow down the process of your Worker's Compensation settlement. If that's what your priority is, you must immediately talk to an attorney before you file. The last thing you need is a slow down of your case because of doing something that was a bad idea in the first place.

On the other hand, some folks absolutely want to file for Social Security Disability and have their Medicare set aside, set up for them, because they are very concerned about what medical coverage they might have in the future should they settle their Worker's Compensation claim and close out the case. So I sympathize with you and hope that you can always find the best route for your circumstances.

Again, depending upon the facts of your case and where you are in the process, both from a medical standpoint and a financial standpoint, it's very important that you speak with your attorney first.

Jonathan Ginsberg has been practicing Social Security Disability law in the Atlanta, Georgia area for over 20 years. His website can be found at http://www.atlantasocialsecuritydisabilityattorney.net

 

Jonathan Ginsberg has been practicing Social Security Disability law in the Atlanta, Georgia area for over 20 years. His website can be found at http://www.atlantasocialsecuritydisabilityattorney.net

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