When an airport employee is disabled due to an on the job injury and cannot return to work for twelve months or more, they may seek Federal disability benefits. The state and federal systems are not mutually exclusive according to Washington, D.C. area airport accident lawyer Doug Landau. When the airline worker later qualifies for Social Security Disability Income (“SSD”), they can still collect their full state workers compensation weekly wage loss benefits. The Federal system will take a “set off” so that the monthly disability check is often reduced, but the additional medical benefits are still available to the disabled worker and his family. At Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, clients injured at National, Dulles and other International airports have won their workers comp claims and, because of continued inability to work, have successfully pursued their Social Security cases. The Federal disability claims almost always take longer than the state compensation claims, but the Social Security program’s benefits can last far longer. If you or someone you know or care for has been injured in an airport accident and there are questions about Workers Compensation, Social Security Disability and Personal Injury cases on the AOA, in the terminal or in the air, e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555) at once. Accidents at airports can result in injured airline and airport employees qualifying for BOTH state workers compensation benefits AND Social Security Disability payments.