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Workers’ Compensation And Social Security Disability

Do you want to know the difference between workers’ compensation and social security disability? Contact Malloy Law Offices, LLC today!

Every year in the United States, there are almost 3 million workplace injuries. But, how different is workers’ compensation from social security disability? Workers’ compensation law involves an employee injury at a current job. However, social security disability provides income supplements to people who are physically restricted to work because of a disability.

How Does Workers’ Compensation Work In Washington D.C.?

In the District of Columbia, the law requires every business with one of more employees to provide workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance covers the cost of medical expenses for injured employees and protects employers from facing lawsuits. Additionally, this coverage also applies to part-time and seasonal employees. When an employee is injured on the job or suddenly develops an occupational disease, workers’ compensation provides both medical and wage loss benefits. While the employee is unable to work, they receive compensation for lost wages equal to two-thirds of their average weekly wage. Workers’ compensation in Washington D.C include:

  • Temporary total disability benefits
  • Permanent total disability benefits
  • Temporary partial disability benefits
  • Permanent partial disability benefits
  • Death benefits

How Does Social Security Disability Work In Washington D.C.?

When applying for social security in Washington D.C., there is a five-step process, called the “sequential evaluation” to make a decision if you are eligible:

  1. Social Security will decide whether you are engaged in “substantial gainful activity.” If Social Security makes that decision, then they will say that you are not disabled no matter how bad your medical condition may be.
  2. Social Security will also decide if you have a “severe impairment,” which is a medical condition that extremely limits your ability to do basic work functionality
  3. You will be found disabled if you can provide medical evidence that you meet or equal one of the “Listings of Impairments”
  4. If you do meet a Listing, the next step in the “sequential evaluation” is whether you can return to your previous job regardless of your medical condition. Social Security decides that you can return to work, they will not consider you as disabled
  5. If Social Security decides that you cannot return to your previous employment, then the last step is whether you could do some alternative work that exists in the national or regional economy

Contact Our Lawyers Today!

Here at Malloy Law Offices, LLC, we understand that these types of cases can sometimes overlap and be confusing. Moreover, we handle both workers’ compensation and social security disability cases. We can handle your either of these cases in our office. Don’t settle for less. If you would like to see how our attorneys handle these cases, click here to view more. Lastly, call (888) 607-8690 for a free consultation.