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Workplace injuries and the take-up of Social Security disability benefits.

Authors
O'Leary-P; Boden-LI; Seabury-SA; Ozonoff-A; Scherer-E
Source
Soc Secur Bull 2012 Aug; 72(3):1-17
NIOSHTIC No.
20041748
Abstract
Workplace injuries and illnesses are an important cause of disability. State workers' compensation programs provide almost $60 billion per year in cash and medical-care benefits for those injuries and illnesses. Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) is the largest disability insurance program in the United States, with annual cash payments to disabled workers of $95 billion in 2008. Because injured workers may also receive DI benefits, it is important to understand how those two systems interact to provide benefits. This article uses matched state workers' compensation and Social Security data to study the relationship between workplace injuries and illnesses and DI benefit receipt. We find that having a lost-time injury substantially increases the probability of DI receipt, and, for people who become DI beneficiaries, those with injuries receive DI benefits at younger ages. This relationship remains robust even after we account for important personal and work characteristics.
Keywords
Injuries; Work-environment; Work-areas; Workers; Humans; Men; Women; Disabled-workers
Publication Date
20120801
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-009267; B20121218B
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0037-7910
Source Name
Social Security Bulletin
State
MA; CA; NM
Performing Organization
Boston University Medical Campus
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