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New York Disability, Social Security Disability, and Workers’ Compensation: What’s the Difference?

If you have been prevented from working by an injury or disability in New York, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. Depending on the circumstances of your condition, you may qualify for one or more routes to receive compensation. As New York disability attorneys, we’d like to clarify the following:

  • Social Security Disability: To qualify for Social Security disability, your disabling condition will need to meet certain requirements. It is up to you to essentially “prove” to Social Security that your condition meets those requirements and keeps you from working. Additionally, your condition generally must be expected to last a year or more. 
  • New York State Disability: The good news is that New York is one of a handful of states that offers disability insurance; however, the bad news is that there are serious limits to the benefits you can receive and how long you can receive them. 
  • New York Workers' Compensation: If you are injured on the job in New York, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Most employers are required to carry this coverage for their employees, and it is considered a trade-off – an employee can receive benefits for injuries, but then cannot file a lawsuit against the employer.

Additionally, some employers offer disability programs as part of their employee benefits package. You may want to speak with your employer about what is offered where you work.

If you have been injured or are struggling with a disability that keeps you from working, speak with one of our skilled White Plains workers' compensation lawyers today at 1-855-614-4351 or 866-205-2415.

Don’t wait until it’s too late – time limits may apply in your case, and missing that window of time could mean wrecking your ability to receive benefits. Our New York disability attorneys can help you plan the best course of action to receive the compensation you deserve and need to support yourself and your family. Call today.

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