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Supplemental Income Benefits (SIBs)

If you meet certain requirements, you may be eligible for Supplemental Income Benefits (SIBs). To get SIBs, you need to apply four times a year (every three months). If you are eligible, you will get SIBs every month.

To get SIBS, you must:

  • have an impairment rating of 15% or more;
  • have not returned to work. Or, if you did, but are earning less than 80% of the average weekly wage in your position because of your injury;
  • show that you are looking for work; and
  • not accept a lump sum payment for your injury.

How much will I get?

SIBs are 80% of what you get when you subtract the difference between 80% of your average weekly wage and your weekly wages after your work-related injury.

If you get paid during a 13-week qualifying period, those wages are subtracted from your SIBs.

To find out how much you would receive, call 800-252-7031 Ext. 1.

When will I get SIBs?

SIBs begin one day after your Impairment Income Benefits (IIBs) end. TDI-DWC will let you know if you are eligible, and will help you apply for the first quarter of SIBs.

Your impairment rating must be 15 percent or more to qualify for SIBs.

TDI-DWC will review your job search efforts during the qualifying period, possible job offers, current medical documentation, and if it is possible for you to earn as much as you did before your injury.

Your insurance carrier will give you an application for future SIBs, and will determine if you are eligible. If the insurance carrier says you are not eligible, it will send you a notice explaining why.

If TDI-DWC denies your application, and you disagree with the decision, you can request a Benefit Review Conference by calling your local TDI-DWC Field Office.

Each time you apply for SIBs, you must:

  • have looked for work each week; or
  • have medical documentation explaining why your work-related injury or illness prevented you from working or looking for work; and
  • cooperate with the Texas Workforce Commission- Rehabilitation Division, or a vocational rehabilitation provider.

You will stop getting SIBs after 7 1/2 years from the date of your injury. If you have an occupational illness, SIBs end 7 1/2 years after you first became eligible for them.

For more information:

Texas Labor Code (TLC) §§408 .141 - 408.151
28 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §§130.100 - 130.109


Last updated: 7/3/2018