Social Security Disability (SSD) is an additional benefit which is available to eligible injured workers. If you have been or are expected to be off work for at least one year then consider applying for SSD. You can receive benefits under both the Washington State L&I and the SSD systems at the same time. Apply for Social Security Disability to see if you are eligible. Keep in mind there is a 1 year off work requirement before Social Security disability payments can be made. There is a 2 year Medicare waiting period from the onset of the disability until Medicare benefits can be granted. Apply early because it’s a slow process.
SSD & L&I are both similar to and different from each other.
SSD pays money and allows for medical benefits via Medicare.
SSD Money – The money benefit is a monthly payment based on your work history and earnings record. You can receive both time loss and a SSD money benefit at the same time, subject to the Social Security offset rules. To get help with an offset and to learn more about the offset rules contact the L&I Social Security offset unit at 360-902-5119.
SSD & Medicare –In addition to money benefits, a successful SSD decision will award Medicare benefits. Medicare can pay for medical treatment for conditions unrelated to your job injury.
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