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  • Approved for Social Security Disability while on Workers Comp Connecticut Connecticut

    I have been on Workers Comp steadily since 12/06 due to a severe work related injury. Due to my injuries and other medical problems including arthritis and 4 joint replacements, I applied for Social Security Disability. I was denied initially, but appealed, and have just been approved. Worker's Comp has insisted on a job search as I was cleared for light duty work. I took a job, worked for a week, but it did not work out. Now that I have been approved for Social Security Disability, what will Worker's Comp do re requiring me to do a job search? It doesn't make sense that they will require this. What will happen to my Worker's Comp benefits now, as I have been getting TPD from them. Their only concern was the disability from my work related injuries, and not the fact that I had other severe limitations, exacerabed by my work injury. I will not get my MMI ratings until the end of next month. Does anyone have reliable information re my situation?

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    If you are unable to work for reasons unrelated to your work injury, then that is not the concern of WC. They are only responsible to the extent that the injury you suffered has rendered you unable to work. You are talking apples and oranges as far as SSDI and WC go. A determination of disability from SSDI is not dispositive. If per your work injuries you are able to work light duty, then that is what will be considered when handling your claim.

    If the SSDI is in part based on your work related injuries as well, then any award would be offset. See here for more info on this http://www.jjcelderlaw.com/SSDIOffsetMSABull.htm
    I post with the full knowledge and support of my employer, though the opinions rendered are my own and not necessarily representative of their position. In other words, I'm a free agent.

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      Muffy, that is an incredibly complicated situation that you are describing. You better find a local work comp specialist lawyer and go have a consultation with him or her.
      Bob Bollinger, Attorney
      Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers' Compensation Law
      Charlotte, NC

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