Social Security Is Different from Other Programs
Social Security does not pay partial Social Security Disability benefits. Some other benefit programs such as workers compensation and the Veteran’s Administration will pay a partial benefit if they determine you are partially disabled.
What “Disabled” Means to Social Security
You do not have to be completely incapacitated to get Social Security Disability. You can even work and get benefits, as long as your work falls within the parameters of Social Security’s definition of disability or one of Social Security’s liberal work incentive programs. If you are eligible, you get full benefits, even in months you are working. Our articles “What Is Disability According to Social Security Disability Law?” and “Do I Have to Be Completely Incapacitated to Get Social Security Disability?” provide more information about qualifying for Social Security Disability. Another of our articles “Can I Keep Getting Benefits When I Am Working on Social Security Disability?” provides more information about working while disabled and about Social Security’s work-incentive programs.
Certain income you may have, such as Worker’s Compensation or certain government pensions, may cause a reduction in your Social Security benefit while you are receiving both benefits, but the partial Social Security Disability benefit you receive in such a circumstance is not related to your degree of disability. See our articles “Can I Get Workers Compensation and Also Get Social Security Disability?” and “Can I Get Disability Benefits from Social Security If My Family Has Income and Assets?” for more information about offsets that could reduce your Social Security disability benefit.