Under some circumstances, Minnesota workers’ compensation claimants may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI). Eligibility for Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) must be taken into consideration in settling a workers’ compensation claim.
Under the Social Security rules, the total amount of your workers’ compensation benefits and social security benefits cannot exceed eighty percent (80%) of your average monthly earnings before you became disabled. If your combined benefits exceed 80% of your pre-disability average monthly earnings, your social security benefits likely will be reduced. Minnesota workers’ compensation wage loss benefits are paid at a rate of 2/3 or 66.6% of your average weekly wage (AWW) at the time of your injury. For most people receiving both workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits, your social security benefits will be reduced, but not entirely offset.