Sadly, there is lots of misleading information on the internet about the topic of workers’ comp and Social Security Disability. This is why it is always a good idea to consult with an experienced attorney when you have more detailed questions like these.
As I mentioned in a previous post, any individual who is receiving workers' compensation benefits does not have to wait until their benefits have ended and nor should they wait that long. A general rule is for an individual to file his/her disability claim as soon as possible. Otherwise, an extended time could pass between the times your workers' compensation benefits end and your Social Security disability benefits begin. Again, the requirement is not whether you are receiving any other type of benefits; the question is whether because of your medical condition, you can expect to be out of work for more than a year.