Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2013

Beneficiaries Who Have Filed for Workers' Compensation or Public Disability Benefits

Notes

In December 2013, approximately 536,000 disabled workers on the Social Security Disability Insurance program had filed for workers' compensation or public disability benefits. Disability payments from private sources, such as private pension or insurance benefits, do not affect Social Security disability benefits, but workers' compensation and other public disability benefits may reduce them. Workers' compensation is paid to a worker because of a job-related injury or illness. It may be paid by federal or state workers' compensation agencies or employers or by insurance companies on behalf of employers.

Other public disability benefits that may affect Social Security disability benefits are those paid by a federal, state, or local government for disabling medical conditions that are not job related. Examples are civil service disability benefits, military disability benefits, state temporary disability benefits, and state or local government retirement benefits that are based on disability. Persons who receive Social Security disability benefits and one of the following types of public benefits will not have their Social Security disability benefit reduced:

  • Veterans Administration benefits;
  • State and local government benefits, if Social Security taxes were deducted from earnings; or
  • Supplemental Security Income.

The total amount received from workers' compensation or other public disability benefits and Social Security disability benefits cannot exceed 80 percent of the worker's average current earnings before he or she became disabled. The monthly Social Security disability benefit includes benefits payable to family members. If the total amount of these benefits exceeds 80 percent of average current earnings, the excess amount is deducted from the Social Security benefit. The benefit will be reduced until the month the worker reaches age 65 or the month the other benefits stop, whichever comes first.

Example

Before becoming disabled, the worker's average current earnings were $4,000 a month. The disabled worker, his or her spouse, and their two children would be eligible to receive a total of $2,200 a month in Social Security disability benefits. However, the disabled worker also receives $2,000 a month from workers' compensation. Because the total amount of benefits received ($4,200) is more than $3,200 (80 percent of average current earnings), the family's Social Security disability benefits will be reduced by $1,000.

Chart 7. Distribution of workers, by diagnostic group and sex, December 2013

Among disabled workers who are also receiving workers' compensation or public disability benefits, a disease of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue was the primary diagnosis in December 2013. Mental disorders were the second leading disabling condition. A disorder of the nervous system and sense organs was the third most common disability for women. Injuries were the third most common disability for men. All other impairments were fairly evenly split between men and women.

Bar chart linked to data in table format.
SOURCE: Table 34.
Table 31. Distribution of workers and dependents who have filed, by reason for having or not having an offset, December 2013
Reason Total Workers Spouses and children
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
All disabled beneficiaries and dependents 671,036 100.0 535,985 100.0 135,051 100.0
  With offset
Receipt of—  
Workers' compensation only  
Black Lung 422 0.1 309 0.1 113 0.1
Harbor Workers and Longshoremen 545 0.1 386 0.1 159 0.1
Federal employees 3,072 0.5 2,400 0.4 672 0.5
State 100,374 15.0 70,754 13.2 29,620 21.9
Public disability only  
Federal 1,224 0.2 1,067 0.2 157 0.1
State 8,244 1.2 6,810 1.3 1,434 1.1
Local 529 0.1 388 0.1 141 0.1
Workers' compensation and public disability 537 0.1 429 0.1 108 0.1
Social Security Disability Insurance (reverse offset) 54,583 8.1 43,817 8.2 10,766 8.0
  Without offset
High average current earnings 392,196 58.4 321,079 59.9 71,117 52.7
Entitlement to workers' compensation or public disability benefits is pending 109,310 16.3 88,546 16.5 20,764 15.4
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Workers' Compensation and Public Disability Benefit file, 100 percent data.
CONTACT: (410) 965-0090 or statistics@ssa.gov.
Table 32. Distribution of workers and dependents who have filed, by state or other area of residence, December 2013
State or area Total Workers Spouses and children
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
All areas 671,036 100.0 535,985 100.0 135,051 100.0
Alabama 12,647 1.9 9,797 1.8 2,850 2.1
Alaska 510 0.1 416 0.1 94 0.1
Arizona 8,439 1.3 6,862 1.3 1,577 1.2
Arkansas 6,068 0.9 4,796 0.9 1,272 0.9
California 90,341 13.5 76,253 14.2 14,088 10.4
Colorado 7,923 1.2 6,556 1.2 1,367 1.0
Connecticut 5,463 0.8 4,280 0.8 1,183 0.9
Delaware 1,809 0.3 1,484 0.3 325 0.2
District of Columbia 310 (L) 270 0.1 40 (L)
Florida 34,435 5.1 27,908 5.2 6,527 4.8
Georgia 22,326 3.3 17,736 3.3 4,590 3.4
Hawaii 1,723 0.3 1,408 0.3 315 0.2
Idaho 2,257 0.3 1,809 0.3 448 0.3
Illinois 17,853 2.7 13,939 2.6 3,914 2.9
Indiana 4,999 0.7 3,890 0.7 1,109 0.8
Iowa 4,436 0.7 3,549 0.7 887 0.7
Kansas 3,622 0.5 2,916 0.5 706 0.5
Kentucky 17,714 2.6 13,965 2.6 3,749 2.8
Louisiana 10,290 1.5 7,740 1.4 2,550 1.9
Maine 5,544 0.8 4,547 0.8 997 0.7
Maryland 4,733 0.7 3,925 0.7 808 0.6
Massachusetts 16,598 2.5 12,808 2.4 3,790 2.8
Michigan 35,715 5.3 28,112 5.2 7,603 5.6
Minnesota 7,583 1.1 6,219 1.2 1,364 1.0
Mississippi 6,875 1.0 5,224 1.0 1,651 1.2
Missouri 11,796 1.8 9,497 1.8 2,299 1.7
Montana 2,454 0.4 2,052 0.4 402 0.3
Nebraska 1,927 0.3 1,525 0.3 402 0.3
Nevada 3,762 0.6 3,159 0.6 603 0.4
New Hampshire 3,924 0.6 3,055 0.6 869 0.6
New Jersey 16,446 2.5 12,666 2.4 3,780 2.8
New Mexico 3,653 0.5 2,963 0.6 690 0.5
New York 80,959 12.1 62,672 11.7 18,287 13.5
North Carolina 22,766 3.4 18,317 3.4 4,449 3.3
North Dakota 767 0.1 629 0.1 138 0.1
Ohio 15,814 2.4 13,041 2.4 2,773 2.1
Oklahoma 7,365 1.1 6,001 1.1 1,364 1.0
Oregon 6,187 0.9 5,162 1.0 1,025 0.8
Pennsylvania 38,916 5.8 30,482 5.7 8,434 6.2
Rhode Island 2,995 0.4 2,414 0.5 581 0.4
South Carolina 14,698 2.2 11,547 2.2 3,151 2.3
South Dakota 981 0.1 779 0.1 202 0.1
Tennessee 14,830 2.2 11,781 2.2 3,049 2.3
Texas 13,584 2.0 10,551 2.0 3,033 2.2
Utah 1,756 0.3 1,375 0.3 381 0.3
Vermont 1,087 0.2 871 0.2 216 0.2
Virginia 10,762 1.6 8,505 1.6 2,257 1.7
Washington 12,634 1.9 10,452 2.0 2,182 1.6
West Virginia 6,738 1.0 5,385 1.0 1,353 1.0
Wisconsin 7,532 1.1 5,980 1.1 1,552 1.1
Wyoming 561 0.1 432 0.1 129 0.1
Outlying areas  
Puerto Rico 34,479 5.1 27,215 5.1 7,264 5.4
Other a 168 (L) 109 (L) 59 (L)
Foreign countries 1,282 0.2 959 0.2 323 0.2
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Workers' Compensation and Public Disability Benefit file, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Distribution is by state or other area of residence, not by the state paying benefits.
(L) = less than 0.05 percent.
a. Includes American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
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Table 33. Distribution of workers who have filed, by diagnostic group and age, December 2013
Diagnostic group Total, all ages Under 35 35–39 40–44 45–49 50–54 55–59 60–64
  Number
Total 535,985 6,356 11,907 27,622 55,931 109,533 158,707 165,929
Congenital anomalies 279 6 11 24 35 66 61 76
Endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases 9,221 60 111 327 800 1,769 2,747 3,407
Infectious and parasitic diseases 3,616 32 72 171 453 835 1,024 1,029
Injuries 35,941 874 1,243 2,349 4,092 7,214 9,961 10,208
Mental disorders  
Autistic disorders 50 9 7 5 5 11 8 5
Developmental disorders 89 6 3 7 14 25 20 14
Childhood and adolescent disorders not elsewhere classified 84 6 3 9 10 19 17 20
Intellectual disability 4,832 108 115 323 722 1,119 1,315 1,130
Mood disorders 56,617 799 1,617 3,561 7,183 12,229 15,615 15,613
Organic mental disorders 11,885 276 394 879 1,433 2,527 3,175 3,201
Schizophrenic and other psychotic disorders 6,756 224 309 516 945 1,537 1,746 1,479
Other 12,022 337 445 937 1,594 2,573 3,041 3,095
Neoplasms 5,803 139 139 271 540 1,126 1,763 1,825
Diseases of the—  
Blood and blood-forming organs 377 13 23 18 39 73 110 101
Circulatory system 16,696 108 189 479 1,080 2,735 5,107 6,998
Digestive system 3,127 54 67 134 272 640 922 1,038
Genitourinary system 2,746 111 103 224 351 609 697 651
Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 320,423 2,523 5,881 14,962 31,499 65,551 98,371 101,636
Nervous system and sense organs 30,025 537 858 1,780 3,463 6,060 8,395 8,932
Respiratory system 7,205 26 93 200 524 1,217 2,294 2,851
Skin and subcutaneous tissue 596 12 18 43 67 130 170 156
Other 555 13 10 29 51 107 186 159
Unknown 7,040 83 196 374 759 1,361 1,962 2,305
  Percent
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Congenital anomalies 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 (L) (L)
Endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases 1.7 0.9 0.9 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.7 2.1
Infectious and parasitic diseases 0.7 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.8 0.6 0.6
Injuries 6.7 13.8 10.4 8.5 7.3 6.6 6.3 6.2
Mental disorders  
Autistic disorders (L) 0.1 0.1 (L) (L) (L) (L) (L)
Developmental disorders (L) 0.1 (L) (L) (L) (L) (L) (L)
Childhood and adolescent disorders not elsewhere classified (L) 0.1 (L) (L) (L) (L) (L) (L)
Intellectual disability 0.9 1.7 1.0 1.2 1.3 1.0 0.8 0.7
Mood disorders 10.6 12.6 13.6 12.9 12.8 11.2 9.8 9.4
Organic mental disorders 2.2 4.3 3.3 3.2 2.6 2.3 2.0 1.9
Schizophrenic and other psychotic disorders 1.3 3.5 2.6 1.9 1.7 1.4 1.1 0.9
Other 2.2 5.3 3.7 3.4 2.8 2.3 1.9 1.9
Neoplasms 1.1 2.2 1.2 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.1 1.1
Diseases of the—  
Blood and blood-forming organs 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Circulatory system 3.1 1.7 1.6 1.7 1.9 2.5 3.2 4.2
Digestive system 0.6 0.8 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6
Genitourinary system 0.5 1.7 0.9 0.8 0.6 0.6 0.4 0.4
Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 59.8 39.7 49.4 54.2 56.3 59.8 62.0 61.3
Nervous system and sense organs 5.6 8.4 7.2 6.4 6.2 5.5 5.3 5.4
Respiratory system 1.3 0.4 0.8 0.7 0.9 1.1 1.4 1.7
Skin and subcutaneous tissue 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Other 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Unknown 1.3 1.3 1.6 1.4 1.4 1.2 1.2 1.4
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Workers' Compensation and Public Disability Benefit file, 100 percent data.
NOTE: (L) = less than 0.05 percent.
CONTACT: (410) 965-0090 or statistics@ssa.gov.
Table 34. Distribution of workers who have filed, by diagnostic group and sex, December 2013
Diagnostic group Total Men Women
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
All disabled workers 535,985 100.0 325,617 100.0 210,368 100.0
Congenital anomalies 279 0.1 143 (L) 136 0.1
Endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases 9,221 1.7 4,682 1.4 4,539 2.2
Infectious and parasitic diseases 3,616 0.7 2,905 0.9 711 0.3
Injuries 35,941 6.7 26,930 8.3 9,011 4.3
Mental disorders  
Autistic disorders 50 (L) 35 (L) 15 (L)
Developmental disorders 89 (L) 57 (L) 32 (L)
Childhood and adolescent disorders not elsewhere classified 84 (L) 50 (L) 34 (L)
Intellectual disability 4,832 0.9 3,676 1.1 1,156 0.5
Mood disorders 56,617 10.6 26,060 8.0 30,557 14.5
Organic mental disorders 11,885 2.2 8,837 2.7 3,048 1.4
Schizophrenic and other psychotic disorders 6,756 1.3 4,430 1.4 2,326 1.1
Other 12,022 2.2 6,411 2.0 5,611 2.7
Neoplasms 5,803 1.1 3,075 0.9 2,728 1.3
Diseases of the—  
Blood and blood-forming organs 377 0.1 185 0.1 192 0.1
Circulatory system 16,696 3.1 12,260 3.8 4,436 2.1
Digestive system 3,127 0.6 1,978 0.6 1,149 0.5
Genitourinary system 2,746 0.5 1,818 0.6 928 0.4
Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 320,423 59.8 198,703 61.0 121,720 57.9
Nervous system and sense organs 30,025 5.6 14,882 4.6 15,143 7.2
Respiratory system 7,205 1.3 4,117 1.3 3,088 1.5
Skin and subcutaneous tissue 596 0.1 310 0.1 286 0.1
Other 555 0.1 249 0.1 306 0.1
Unknown 7,040 1.3 3,824 1.2 3,216 1.5
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Workers' Compensation and Public Disability Benefit file, 100 percent data.
NOTE: (L) = less than 0.05 percent.
CONTACT: (410) 965-0090 or statistics@ssa.gov.