Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2012

 

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

Notes

In December 2012, approximately 553,027 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:

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 2012

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 2012. 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 2012
Reason Total Workers Spouses and children
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
All disabled beneficiaries and dependents 698,352 100.0 553,027 100.0 145,325 100.0
  With offset
Receipt of—  
Workers' compensation only  
Black Lung 385 0.1 284 0.1 101 0.1
Harbor Workers and Longshoremen 601 0.1 425 0.1 176 0.1
Federal employees 3,103 0.4 2,413 0.4 690 0.5
State 105,948 15.2 74,309 13.4 31,639 21.8
Public disability only  
Federal 1,369 0.2 1,170 0.2 199 0.1
State 8,867 1.3 7,268 1.3 1,599 1.1
Local 552 0.1 398 0.1 154 0.1
Workers' compensation and—  
Federal public disability 13 (L) 13 (L) 0 0.0
State public disability 551 0.1 439 0.1 112 0.1
Local public disability 4 (L) 4 (L) 0 0.0
Social Security Disability Insurance (reverse offset) 56,188 8.0 44,820 8.1 11,368 7.8
  Without offset
High average current earnings 391,274 56.0 318,618 57.6 72,656 50.0
Entitlement to workers' compensation or public disability benefits is pending 129,497 18.5 102,866 18.6 26,631 18.3
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 32. Distribution of workers and dependents who have filed, by state or other area of residence, December 2012
State or area Total Workers Spouses and children
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
All areas 698,352 100.0 553,027 100.0 145,325 100.0
Alabama 13,073 1.9 10,071 1.8 3,002 2.1
Alaska 563 0.1 443 0.1 120 0.1
Arizona 8,840 1.3 7,174 1.3 1,666 1.1
Arkansas 6,359 0.9 5,000 0.9 1,359 0.9
California 95,965 13.7 80,165 14.5 15,800 10.9
Colorado 8,165 1.2 6,733 1.2 1,432 1.0
Connecticut 5,750 0.8 4,463 0.8 1,287 0.9
Delaware 1,883 0.3 1,510 0.3 373 0.3
District of Columbia 345 (L) 293 0.1 52 (L)
Florida 35,850 5.1 28,810 5.2 7,040 4.8
Georgia 22,618 3.2 17,864 3.2 4,754 3.3
Hawaii 1,850 0.3 1,503 0.3 347 0.2
Idaho 2,320 0.3 1,854 0.3 466 0.3
Illinois 18,052 2.6 14,031 2.5 4,021 2.8
Indiana 5,269 0.8 4,059 0.7 1,210 0.8
Iowa 4,381 0.6 3,479 0.6 902 0.6
Kansas 3,732 0.5 2,996 0.5 736 0.5
Kentucky 18,816 2.7 14,692 2.7 4,124 2.8
Louisiana 10,825 1.6 8,029 1.5 2,796 1.9
Maine 5,744 0.8 4,641 0.8 1,103 0.8
Maryland 4,999 0.7 4,122 0.7 877 0.6
Massachusetts 16,614 2.4 12,706 2.3 3,908 2.7
Michigan 36,868 5.3 28,772 5.2 8,096 5.6
Minnesota 7,466 1.1 6,088 1.1 1,378 0.9
Mississippi 7,125 1.0 5,362 1.0 1,763 1.2
Missouri 12,420 1.8 9,892 1.8 2,528 1.7
Montana 2,639 0.4 2,180 0.4 459 0.3
Nebraska 2,072 0.3 1,635 0.3 437 0.3
Nevada 3,792 0.5 3,163 0.6 629 0.4
New Hampshire 4,023 0.6 3,062 0.6 961 0.7
New Jersey 17,332 2.5 13,271 2.4 4,061 2.8
New Mexico 3,720 0.5 3,004 0.5 716 0.5
New York 83,959 12.0 64,457 11.7 19,502 13.4
North Carolina 22,689 3.2 18,105 3.3 4,584 3.2
North Dakota 817 0.1 662 0.1 155 0.1
Ohio 16,825 2.4 13,754 2.5 3,071 2.1
Oklahoma 7,799 1.1 6,220 1.1 1,579 1.1
Oregon 6,284 0.9 5,191 0.9 1,093 0.8
Pennsylvania 38,818 5.6 30,107 5.4 8,711 6.0
Rhode Island 3,092 0.4 2,492 0.5 600 0.4
South Carolina 14,859 2.1 11,574 2.1 3,285 2.3
South Dakota 1,005 0.1 805 0.1 200 0.1
Tennessee 15,045 2.2 11,896 2.2 3,149 2.2
Texas 14,594 2.1 11,384 2.1 3,210 2.2
Utah 1,897 0.3 1,469 0.3 428 0.3
Vermont 1,102 0.2 888 0.2 214 0.1
Virginia 11,374 1.6 8,882 1.6 2,492 1.7
Washington 12,838 1.8 10,550 1.9 2,288 1.6
West Virginia 7,619 1.1 5,997 1.1 1,622 1.1
Wisconsin 7,774 1.1 6,110 1.1 1,664 1.1
Wyoming 577 0.1 459 0.1 118 0.1
Outlying areas  
Puerto Rico 38,418 5.5 29,870 5.4 8,548 5.9
Other a 180 (L) 112 (L) 68 (L)
Foreign countries 1,317 0.2 976 0.2 341 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.
CONTACT: (410) 965-0090 or statistics@ssa.gov.
Table 33. Distribution of workers who have filed, by diagnostic group and age, December 2012
Diagnostic group Total, all ages Under 35 35–39 40–44 45–49 50–54 55–59 60–64
  Number
Total 553,027 7,267 13,113 30,665 61,719 115,088 159,357 165,818
Congenital anomalies 299 10 8 28 37 71 72 73
Endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases 10,044 74 155 366 932 1,900 3,035 3,582
Infectious and parasitic diseases 3,859 44 75 213 542 880 1,089 1,016
Injuries 37,352 993 1,338 2,552 4,480 7,697 9,980 10,312
Mental disorders  
Autistic disorders 49 10 5 6 3 14 8 3
Developmental disorders 93 4 5 8 22 22 16 16
Childhood and adolescent disorders not elsewhere classified 80 6 4 6 11 18 23 12
Intellectual disability 5,173 132 132 420 804 1,218 1,343 1,124
Mood disorders 60,912 1,013 1,915 4,215 8,349 13,153 16,425 15,842
Organic mental disorders 12,534 308 457 968 1,636 2,726 3,209 3,230
Schizophrenic and other psychotic disorders 7,138 284 301 604 1,072 1,653 1,775 1,449
Other 12,616 365 466 1,017 1,743 2,673 3,001 3,351
Neoplasms 5,795 168 120 286 589 1,191 1,729 1,712
Diseases of the—  
Blood and blood-forming organs 389 18 22 22 46 85 99 97
Circulatory system 17,830 117 192 542 1,223 2,928 5,297 7,531
Digestive system 3,295 42 77 150 322 697 985 1,022
Genitourinary system 2,829 113 125 241 384 588 713 665
Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 325,117 2,786 6,470 16,316 34,185 68,143 97,273 99,944
Nervous system and sense organs 31,277 623 932 1,955 3,841 6,393 8,438 9,095
Respiratory system 7,707 35 109 258 562 1,361 2,361 3,021
Skin and subcutaneous tissue 636 14 20 48 68 140 170 176
Other 586 12 11 41 64 120 175 163
Unknown 7,417 96 174 403 804 1,417 2,141 2,382
  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 1.8 1.0 1.2 1.2 1.5 1.7 1.9 2.2
Infectious and parasitic diseases 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.6
Injuries 6.8 13.7 10.2 8.3 7.3 6.7 6.3 6.2
Mental disorders  
Autistic disorders (L) 0.1 (L) (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 1.8 1.0 1.4 1.3 1.1 0.8 0.7
Mood disorders 11.0 13.9 14.6 13.7 13.5 11.4 10.3 9.6
Organic mental disorders 2.3 4.2 3.5 3.2 2.7 2.4 2.0 1.9
Schizophrenic and other psychotic disorders 1.3 3.9 2.3 2.0 1.7 1.4 1.1 0.9
Other 2.3 5.0 3.6 3.3 2.8 2.3 1.9 2.0
Neoplasms 1.0 2.3 0.9 0.9 1.0 1.0 1.1 1.0
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 3.2 1.6 1.5 1.8 2.0 2.5 3.3 4.5
Digestive system 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6
Genitourinary system 0.5 1.6 1.0 0.8 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.4
Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 58.8 38.3 49.3 53.2 55.4 59.2 61.0 60.3
Nervous system and sense organs 5.7 8.6 7.1 6.4 6.2 5.6 5.3 5.5
Respiratory system 1.4 0.5 0.8 0.8 0.9 1.2 1.5 1.8
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 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.2 1.3 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 2012
Diagnostic group Total Men Women
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
All disabled workers 553,027 100.0 336,015 100.0 217,012 100.0
Congenital anomalies 299 0.1 160 (L) 139 0.1
Endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases 10,044 1.8 5,040 1.5 5,004 2.3
Infectious and parasitic diseases 3,859 0.7 3,078 0.9 781 0.4
Injuries 37,352 6.8 27,953 8.3 9,399 4.3
Mental disorders  
Autistic disorders 49 (L) 32 (L) 17 (L)
Developmental disorders 93 (L) 62 (L) 31 (L)
Childhood and adolescent disorders not elsewhere classified 80 (L) 47 (L) 33 (L)
Intellectual disability 5,173 0.9 3,955 1.2 1,218 0.6
Mood disorders 60,912 11.0 28,125 8.4 32,787 15.1
Organic mental disorders 12,534 2.3 9,337 2.8 3,197 1.5
Schizophrenic and other psychotic disorders 7,138 1.3 4,681 1.4 2,457 1.1
Other 12,616 2.3 6,906 2.1 5,710 2.6
Neoplasms 5,795 1.0 3,092 0.9 2,703 1.2
Diseases of the—  
Blood and blood-forming organs 389 0.1 188 0.1 201 0.1
Circulatory system 17,830 3.2 13,119 3.9 4,711 2.2
Digestive system 3,295 0.6 2,093 0.6 1,202 0.6
Genitourinary system 2,829 0.5 1,880 0.6 949 0.4
Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 325,117 58.8 201,831 60.1 123,286 56.8
Nervous system and sense organs 31,277 5.7 15,460 4.6 15,817 7.3
Respiratory system 7,707 1.4 4,381 1.3 3,326 1.5
Skin and subcutaneous tissue 636 0.1 337 0.1 299 0.1
Other 586 0.1 264 0.1 322 0.1
Unknown 7,417 1.3 3,994 1.2 3,423 1.6
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.