Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2006

 

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

Note

In December 2006, approximately 585,000 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:

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 2006

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 2006. 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 nondisabled dependents who have filed, by reason for having or not having an offset, December 2006
Reason Total Workers Spouses and children
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
All disabled beneficiaries and nondisabled dependents 782,986 100.0 584,640 100.0 198,346 100.0
With offset
Receipt of—
Workers' compensation only
Black Lung 241 a 173 a 68 a
Harbor Workers and Longshoremen 1,024 0.1 708 0.1 316 0.2
Federal employees 3,349 0.4 2,502 0.4 847 0.4
State 156,311 20.0 102,743 17.6 53,568 27.0
Public disability only
Federal 2,467 0.3 2,121 0.4 346 0.2
State 17,536 2.2 13,312 2.3 4,224 2.1
Local 729 0.1 553 0.1 176 0.1
Workers' compensation and—
Federal public disability 36 a 31 a 5 a
State public disability 968 0.1 702 0.1 266 0.1
Local public disability 32 a 17 a 15 a
Social Security Disability Insurance (Reverse Offset) 59,288 7.6 45,164 7.7 14,124 7.1
Without offset
High average current earnings 347,423 44.4 272,963 46.7 74,460 37.5
Entitlement to workers' compensation or public disability benefits is pending 193,582 24.7 143,651 24.6 49,931 25.2
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Workers' Compensation and Public Disability Benefit file, 100 percent data.
a. Less than 0.05 percent.
CONTACT: Kevin Kulzer (410) 965-5366 or di.asr@ssa.gov.
Table 32. Distribution of workers and nondisabled dependents who have filed, by state or other area of residence, December 2006
State or area Total Workers Spouses and children
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
All areas 782,986 100.0 584,640 100.0 198,346 100.0
Alabama 14,400 1.8 10,536 1.8 3,864 1.9
Alaska 728 0.1 573 0.1 155 0.1
Arizona 11,362 1.5 8,662 1.5 2,700 1.4
Arkansas 7,514 1.0 5,579 1.0 1,935 1.0
California 136,611 17.4 106,643 18.2 29,968 15.1
Colorado 10,417 1.3 8,026 1.4 2,391 1.2
Connecticut 5,972 0.8 4,434 0.8 1,538 0.8
Delaware 2,098 0.3 1,549 0.3 549 0.3
District of Columbia 362 a 303 0.1 59 a
Florida 43,272 5.5 32,755 5.6 10,517 5.3
Georgia 20,572 2.6 15,599 2.7 4,973 2.5
Hawaii 2,567 0.3 1,918 0.3 649 0.3
Idaho 2,685 0.3 2,048 0.4 637 0.3
Illinois 17,372 2.2 12,643 2.2 4,729 2.4
Indiana 5,636 0.7 4,158 0.7 1,478 0.7
Iowa 3,992 0.5 3,012 0.5 980 0.5
Kansas 3,537 0.5 2,715 0.5 822 0.4
Kentucky 23,827 3.0 17,403 3.0 6,424 3.2
Louisiana 13,338 1.7 8,799 1.5 4,539 2.3
Maine 5,917 0.8 4,485 0.8 1,432 0.7
Maryland 5,908 0.8 4,536 0.8 1,372 0.7
Massachusetts 16,330 2.1 11,896 2.0 4,434 2.2
Michigan 34,623 4.4 26,275 4.5 8,348 4.2
Minnesota 6,312 0.8 4,925 0.8 1,387 0.7
Mississippi 8,045 1.0 5,660 1.0 2,385 1.2
Missouri 13,664 1.7 10,231 1.7 3,433 1.7
Montana 3,322 0.4 2,622 0.4 700 0.4
Nebraska 2,455 0.3 1,821 0.3 634 0.3
Nevada 4,788 0.6 3,771 0.6 1,017 0.5
New Hampshire 3,958 0.5 2,811 0.5 1,147 0.6
New Jersey 20,074 2.6 14,703 2.5 5,371 2.7
New Mexico 4,353 0.6 3,234 0.6 1,119 0.6
New York 88,304 11.3 62,937 10.8 25,367 12.8
North Carolina 18,907 2.4 14,242 2.4 4,665 2.4
North Dakota 1,107 0.1 831 0.1 276 0.1
Ohio 19,362 2.5 14,889 2.5 4,473 2.3
Oklahoma 8,844 1.1 6,743 1.2 2,101 1.1
Oregon 6,221 0.8 4,978 0.9 1,243 0.6
Pennsylvania 36,673 4.7 26,615 4.6 10,058 5.1
Rhode Island 3,541 0.5 2,806 0.5 735 0.4
South Carolina 11,838 1.5 8,738 1.5 3,100 1.6
South Dakota 1,035 0.1 757 0.1 278 0.1
Tennessee 13,087 1.7 9,914 1.7 3,173 1.6
Texas 21,684 2.8 15,742 2.7 5,942 3.0
Utah 2,230 0.3 1,613 0.3 617 0.3
Vermont 1,068 0.1 795 0.1 273 0.1
Virginia 13,314 1.7 9,724 1.7 3,590 1.8
Washington 11,517 1.5 9,108 1.6 2,409 1.2
West Virginia 12,041 1.5 9,061 1.5 2,980 1.5
Wisconsin 9,247 1.2 6,961 1.2 2,286 1.2
Wyoming 775 0.1 591 0.1 184 0.1
Outlying areas
Puerto Rico 44,179 5.6 31,965 5.5 12,214 6.2
Other b 371 a 206 a 165 0.1
Foreign countries 1,630 0.2 1,099 0.2 531 0.3
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Workers' Compensation and Public Disability Benefit file, 100 percent data.
NOTE: Distribution is by state or other area of residence, not by the state paying benefits.
a. Less than 0.05 percent.
b. Includes American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
CONTACT: Kevin Kulzer (410) 965-5366 or di.asr@ssa.gov.
Table 33. Distribution of workers who have filed, by diagnostic group and age, December 2006
Diagnostic group Total, all ages Under 35 35–39 40–44 45–49 50–54 55–59 60–64
Number
Total 584,640 11,619 21,648 47,994 83,378 118,300 155,272 146,429
Congenital anomalies 356 21 24 47 53 56 76 79
Endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases 14,504 122 345 967 1,754 3,044 4,217 4,055
Infectious and parasitic diseases 5,273 103 297 781 1,100 1,200 1,104 688
Injuries 39,420 1,764 2,127 3,923 5,715 7,266 9,293 9,332
Mental disorders
Retardation 6,942 222 469 948 1,389 1,471 1,427 1,016
Other 112,244 3,700 5,800 12,174 19,801 24,963 26,755 19,051
Neoplasms 6,526 209 234 442 862 1,274 1,800 1,705
Diseases of the—
Blood and blood-forming organs 474 29 26 50 82 100 97 90
Circulatory system 25,409 203 341 921 1,958 4,124 7,754 10,108
Digestive system 3,949 56 103 288 632 981 1,095 794
Genitourinary system 3,332 225 220 355 479 712 761 580
Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 309,499 3,738 9,508 22,512 41,810 62,058 85,882 83,991
Nervous system and sense organs 34,864 962 1,575 3,275 5,106 6,865 8,961 8,120
Respiratory system 10,017 85 165 369 922 1,677 2,955 3,844
Skin and subcutaneous tissue 782 17 39 72 116 156 198 184
Other 635 22 24 57 96 122 170 144
Unknown 10,414 141 351 813 1,503 2,231 2,727 2,648
Percent
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Congenital anomalies 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 a a 0.1
Endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases 2.5 1.1 1.6 2.0 2.1 2.6 2.7 2.8
Infectious and parasitic diseases 0.9 0.9 1.4 1.6 1.3 1.0 0.7 0.5
Injuries 6.7 15.2 9.8 8.2 6.9 6.1 6.0 6.4
Mental disorders
Retardation 1.2 1.9 2.2 2.0 1.7 1.2 0.9 0.7
Other 19.2 31.8 26.8 25.4 23.7 21.1 17.2 13.0
Neoplasms 1.1 1.8 1.1 0.9 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.2
Diseases of the—
Blood and blood-forming organs 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Circulatory system 4.3 1.7 1.6 1.9 2.3 3.5 5.0 6.9
Digestive system 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.5
Genitourinary system 0.6 1.9 1.0 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.4
Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 52.9 32.2 43.9 46.9 50.1 52.5 55.3 57.4
Nervous system and sense organs 6.0 8.3 7.3 6.8 6.1 5.8 5.8 5.5
Respiratory system 1.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 1.1 1.4 1.9 2.6
Skin and subcutaneous tissue 0.1 0.1 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 1.8 1.2 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 1.8 1.8
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Workers' Compensation and Public Disability Benefit file, 100 percent data.
a. Less than 0.05 percent.
CONTACT: Kevin Kulzer (410) 965-5366 or di.asr@ssa.gov.
Table 34. Distribution of workers who have filed, by diagnostic group and sex, December 2006
Diagnostic group Total Men Women
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
All disabled workers 584,640 100.0 358,300 100.0 226,340 100.0
Congenital anomalies 356 0.1 201 0.1 155 0.1
Endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases 14,504 2.5 6,960 1.9 7,544 3.3
Infectious and parasitic diseases 5,273 0.9 4,286 1.2 987 0.4
Injuries 39,420 6.7 29,765 8.3 9,655 4.3
Mental disorders
Retardation 6,942 1.2 5,349 1.5 1,593 0.7
Other 112,244 19.2 59,746 16.7 52,498 23.2
Neoplasms 6,526 1.1 3,560 1.0 2,966 1.3
Diseases of the—
Blood and blood-forming organs 474 0.1 242 0.1 232 0.1
Circulatory system 25,409 4.3 18,871 5.3 6,538 2.9
Digestive system 3,949 0.7 2,530 0.7 1,419 0.6
Genitourinary system 3,332 0.6 2,237 0.6 1,095 0.5
Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 309,499 52.9 194,871 54.4 114,628 50.6
Nervous system and sense organs 34,864 6.0 17,356 4.8 17,508 7.7
Respiratory system 10,017 1.7 5,943 1.7 4,074 1.8
Skin and subcutaneous tissue 782 0.1 422 0.1 360 0.2
Other 635 0.1 288 0.1 347 0.2
Unknown 10,414 1.8 5,673 1.6 4,741 2.1
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Workers' Compensation and Public Disability Benefit file, 100 percent data.
CONTACT: Kevin Kulzer (410) 965-5366 or di.asr@ssa.gov.