California residents who are injured in a work-related accident may be unable to return to work right away. If workers are disabled, as per the Social Security Administration's definition of the term, they might be able to file and collect SSD benefits for their disabling condition. But what happens if the injured individual is also collecting workers' compensation? Does one type of benefit affect the other?
Although disability payments from a private source, such as insurance or retirement benefits, don't affect SSD benefits, workers' compensation benefits could reduce them. This is because workers' comp is paid from federal or state workers' compensation agencies or by insurance companies for the employers. Similarly, civil service disability benefits, and state or local government retirement benefits, may also affect SSD benefits. On the other hand, Veteran's Administration's benefits and SSI do not reduce SSD benefits.