Miller Cohen, PLC Detroit Employment Law Attorney
Initial Free Consultation
Local: 313-566-4787
Toll Free: 800-221-6021

If I get hurt at work, can I get Social Security disability?

Many people in Detroit, Michigan, get hurt at work. Unfortunately, too many of these injuries end in a worker being disabled and unable to earn an income.

When this happens, a worker has options. For instance, Michigan, like other states, has a workers' compensation system, and workers can use that system to cover their medical bills and a lot of their lost income. However, it does not pay for everything.

The good news is that, in addition to workers compensation, a Michigan worker can also apply for Social Security disability benefits, assuming of course that they meet the federal requirements. The fact that an injured worker already has received some help from the workers' compensation system does not affect a person's eligibility for disability benefits.

However, there is one caveat to this rule, though, and it involves how much money a Michigan resident can collect in disability each month. Specifically, a person cannot collect more than 80 percent of his or her gross income via Social Security disability and workers' compensation combined. For example, if a person earned $5,000 before his or her injury, and is drawing $3,000 a month in workers' compensation, then he or she can only collect $1,000 a month in disability, even if he or she would otherwise be entitled to more.

The important thing to remember, though, is that injured Michigan workers have several options available to them, and disability is one of those options. However, applying for disability can be a complicated and confusing process for someone not familiar with it, which is why the advice and assistance of an experienced disability attorney is advisable.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
ABA American Bar Association | NELA
Super Lawyers SuperLawyers 2016
Bruce Miller
Richard Mack
Super Lawyers | Rising Stars Rising Stars 2016
Robert Fetter
Andrea Hamm

We handle cases throughout Michigan from our five offices.

Miller Cohen, PLC
600 West Lafayette Boulevard,
4th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: 313-566-4787
Toll Free: 800-221-6021
Fax: 313-964-4490
Detroit Law Office Map

Allen Park Office
6715 Park Avenue
Allen Park, MI 48101

Phone: 313-383-2422
Toll Free: 800-221-6021
Fax: 313-964-4490
Allen Park Law Office Map

Dearborn Law Office
22027 Park St.
Dearborn, MI 48124

Dearborn Law Office Map

Temperance Law Office
9030 Secore Road
Suite A
Temperance, MI 48182
Temperance Law Office Map

Warren Law Office
8200 Old 13 Mile Rd
Suite 104
Warren, MI 48093
Warren Law Office Map