Workers' comp and Social Security


Q. I was injured on my job with the post office and placed on workers’ compensation. I’m being paid monthly on this program. My injury was severe, and I most likely will not return soon. I will be turning 65 this month, and I’m thinking about applying for Social Security. Would this affect my pay under workers’ comp?

A. Yes. To find out how workers’ compensation and other disability payments may affect your Social Security benefits, go to


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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