Worker’s Compensation and Social Security Disability

Each state passed their own worker’s compensation statutes.  South Dakota worker’s compensation laws provide compensation to those who suffer injury arising out of and within the course and scope of their employment.  Generally, an injury is compensated in South Dakota if your work activities were or remain a major contributing cause of your injury/ medical condition, and your need for medical care or your disability from work.

Benefits include payment of bills for evaluation, testing, and treatment, payment of temporary or permanent disability benefits, and rehabilitation/retraining benefits.  We have decades of experience handling work injury claims against all worker’s compensation insurance companies, and before the South Dakota Department of Labor.  If you have a work injury, call us right now, for experienced, sound legal advise and representation.

Social Security Disability Insurance provides benefits to individuals who have worked approximately 20 quarters (five years) of the past 10 years and you have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability.   In general, Social Security Disability Insurance pays monthly cash benefits to people who are unable to work for a year or more because of a disability.   Benefits usually continue until you are able to work again on a regular basis. If you are receiving Social Security disability benefits when you reach full retirement age, your disability benefits automatically convert to retirement benefits, but the amount remains the same.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes) which is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and it provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.

If you are disabled from work, call (605) 338-9711 or contact us to discuss your legal rights and responsibilities.