Social Security, Medicare, SSI, and Medicaid – Sacramento Workers Compensation Lawyer
On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law what has to be widely regarded as the most important program spawned by this tragic period in American history: the Social Security Act.
Social Security consists of several different plans. The main one is Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI), which provides benefits when a worker retires, become disabled, or is killed. Unlike workers’ compensation benefits, the workers’ disability or death does not have to be job-related in order for the worker or his family to be entitled to Social Security benefits. Social Security also provides health insurance through Medicare, discussed later in this section.
If your doctor tells you that you will not be able to return to your regular work or if you are completely off work then you should consider Social Security disability benefits, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Medicaid (Medical in California). As with many government programs, your rights are determined by a maze or regulations. If you have specific questions call (916) 922-9902 to speak with an experienced Sacramento CA workers compensation lawyer.
If you miss more than 30 days from work you should also consider filing a state disability claim through the Employee Development Department. Alternatively if you are let go you can file for unemployment through this department as well. Even though technically you should not be eligible for both, arguably you are when you are disabled but able to work with a reasonable accommodations, with no willing employers stepping up. There are complicated offsets and liens to deal with with these claims and we can help you navigate which benefits are right for you.
It is important to protect your legal rights and problems are easier to avoid then to undo. Call (916) 922-9902 to speak with a workers compensation lawyer who will can answer all your questions and provide a clear plan of action with your workers compensation and/or social security disability claim.