This is an excellent article in the Washington Post which describes the long delays in getting Social Security disability and the despair suffered by people who are disabled and have nowhere else to turn while they wait two years or more for a disability determination.
In our practice representing people injured on the job, we frequently see or recommend applications for Social Security Disability. You can receive both Social Security disability and workers’ compensation at the same time but there is a coordination/offset between the two benefits (you won’t receive the full benefit from both sources simultaneously). If you are unable to work and considering an application for Social Security disability benefits, it’s a good idea to apply sooner rather than later because it can be a long, drawn out process unless your initial application is approved.
After handling Social Security Disability cases for more than 30 years, we now limit our practice to workers’ compensation claims but still answer a lot of Social Security questions from our clients. If you have questions about Social Security Disability we are happy to answer them for you and can also refer you to qualified and experienced attorneys who handle Social Security claims here in northern Minnesota.
If you have been injured on the job and have questions about your claim or the Minnesota work comp system, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. You can contact us, anytime, with questions about your case or to arrange an absolutely free consultation. It won’t cost you anything and we will always give you our honest assessment about whether you need a lawyer to represent you. If you have questions about how much it costs to hire a lawyer for a Minnesota workers’ compensation case, you can check out this previous post. How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Minnesota?
Remember, you are dealing with an insurance company which handles hundreds or thousands of claims every day. They have experienced claims adjusters and attorneys managing their files. Even if you don’t need a lawyer at the moment, a little information about the work comp system can make a big difference for you in your dealings with the insurance company. At Bradt Law Offices, we have been providing assistance to injured workers all across northern Minnesota and the Iron Range for more than 34 years.
As always, thank you for visiting our blog and please spread the word that we are a good source of work comp information and assistance for workers injured in northern Minnesota and anywhere on the Iron Range.