Suffering an injury on the job can affect a worker's ability to earn a paycheck for an extended period of time. Many workers are aware of the workers' compensation system in Minnesota. Getting proper medical care, rehabilitation and compensation to cover a portion of lost wages during physical recovery are critical after a serious work injury. In some instances, however, an injury may be permanently disabling -- making it impossible for an individual to return to work. In these situations, it may be possible to obtain Social Security Disability benefits, as well as workers' compensation benefits.