Can I get workers’ compensation while receiving other benefits like unemployment and short-term disability?
Injured workers receiving workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia may qualify for other benefits, including Social Security disability, short-term or long-term disability, and unemployment compensation. Social Security disability will not affect the amount of your weekly workers’ comp disability check, but workers’ comp benefits may offset Social Security benefits, and this may affect you if your income is below a certain level. When it comes to total disability benefits under workers’ compensation and unemployment benefits, the employer/insurer can receive a credit for each dollar of unemployment compensation paid against the workers’ comp benefits they are required to pay. Georgia law also allows an employer/insurer to receive a credit for any benefits an injured worker is paid from a STD or LTD policy in direct proportion to the amount of the premium paid by the employer.