No, workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance are not the same. Though both of these programs are two of the largest disability benefit programs in the United States, they are different. The difference between the two can be confusing and it may be helpful to Ohio residents to have a basic understanding about these programs, eligibility to apply, waiting period if any, who and what they cover.
Workers’ compensation offers benefits to those individuals who are workers and have suffered an injury on the job or have a work-related illness. Regardless of the length of their employment, and starting the very first day of their employment, an injured worker is eligible for worker’s compensation benefits. It covers long-term, short-term, partial and total disabilities.