Georgia residents who have an injury or illness that prevents them from working may qualify for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. Many people assume that if the illness or injury occurred at their place of employment they will only qualify for benefits through worker's compensation. However, this is not necessarily the case. Worker's compensation may reduce your Social Security Disability benefits, but you may still be eligible for Social Security disability benefits for a work-related injury or illness.
Thousands of workers have suffered workplace injuries in various types of work accidents. Many workers have been injured due to slip and falls, falling objects, accidents involving equipment and falling from elevated surfaces, or have acquired illnesses due to incidents involving exposure to dangerous chemicals. Additionally, many workers are injured because of loud noises, repeated exposure to dangerous chemicals or repetitive motions such as heavy lifting that are a part of their everyday work.
Certain workplace-related injuries and illnesses, such as chronic joint pain, hearing loss and strains and sprains could be considered disabilities, as defined by the SSA. The SSA will refer to its Blue Book or Listing of Impairments and if your condition is listed, it will automatically be recognized as a disability.
If your condition is not listed, the SSA will determine whether your impairment is as severe as a condition that is listed. Getting more information about disability benefits can help you understand important aspects of how to qualify for benefits for a workplace-related injury or illness.