Both Social Security Disability Applications and Social Security Disability Awards are now trending downward. Additionally, terminations from Social Security Disability Awards are now trending upward (8.62%) according to November 2016 statistics released by the Social Security Administration.
The average benefits continue to rise per month. They are now $1,286.60. That is more than the current pay of $1,167.63.
Workers' Compensation total disability awards integrate with monthly Social Security Disability Awards. Injured workers in New Jersey may receive both benefits simultaneously. "
Since we have various systems of social insurances which are non-integrated, it is possible for a worker to receive benefits under a workers' compensation program as well as Social Security disability benefits under the Social Security Act. In New Jersey, the workers' compensation system is financed exclusively by employers; whereas the Social Security system is financed by both employers and employees. In order to receive Social Security disability benefits, an employee must build equity in the program, thereby establishing his eligibility for disability payments. 20 C.F.R. Pt. 404." Gelman, Jon L., 38 N.J. Prac., Workers' Compensation Law § 1.15 (3d ed.).
Jon L. Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author of NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thomson-Reuters) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thomson-Reuters).