Q Can I Receive a Personal Injury Settlement and SSDI at the Same Time?
If you're considering filing a personal injury claim, you may be worried your payout will alter your Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
Rest easy, because your personal injury settlement should have no impact on your SSDI benefits.
To understand why, it’s important to remember that Social Security Disability Insurance is not a needs-based program. Earning SSDI benefits is based on you having a severe, long-standing disability that prevents you from finding or maintaining gainful employment.
SSDI doesn't worry about how much money you have, provided you aren't receiving the money from work or certain other public sources. Thus a personal injury case shouldn't reduce or terminate your benefits, even if your settlement is substantial.
It's important to note there's another Social Security Administration program that's based on an applicant’s needs. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program will look at your personal injury settlement and will alter your benefits based on it. If you're on SSI and receive a personal injury settlement, it's important to talk to a lawyer, because there are steps you can take to prevent losing your SSI benefits.
If you're considering whether you have a personal injury case while receiving SSDI benefits, you've come to the right place. Our office also handles personal injury claims.
Whether we're helping you with your personal injury case, a Social Security Disability appeal, or both, we can help you navigate the system and make sure you don't lose out on the benefits to which you're entitled.
Call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation.