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Can a person receive both workers' compensation and SSD benefits?

Philadelphia residents who suffer an injury or illness while on the job often turn to the workers' compensation system in order to obtain the financial resources they need while they are unable to work. If a person's injury is long-lasting, permanent and stops them from being able to work altogether, that person may also want to seek Social Security Disability benefits. However, can a person seek SSD benefits if that person is also receiving workers' compensation benefits?

Why might an application for SSD benefits be denied?

It is not unusual for residents of Philadelphia to either suffer a disability or know someone who does. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that 12 percent of people in the United States -- that is, 37 million individuals -- have a disability. Many of these may seek Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits to help them stay afloat financially. Unfortunately, it is not unusual for a person's initial application for disability benefits to be denied. Below are some common reasons as to why this might happen.

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