Does my workers compensation settlement affect my social security disability?
Injured workers who are collecting (or plan to collect) social security disability income (SSDI)
If you’ve been injured at work and, as a result, have a long-term condition that renders you disabled from working, you may apply for both workers compensation benefits and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). When you file for SSDI, many accompanying issues can be triggered. It’s advisable that you seek the counsel of an experienced workers compensation attorney to avoid complications and potential overpayment.
Does your workers comp settlement affect your SSDI benefits?
Simply by filing an application for SSDI, you trigger “issues” that you or your attorney need to be very careful handling, including potential overpayment of SSDI, improper language used in the settlement agreement, and possible complications with Medicare.
Potential overpayment of SSDI
If you collect workers compensation pay, you need to advise the social security office of such, or you could end up with a large overpayment issue with the Social Security Administration.
Minimize the effect of your workers comp settlement on your SSDE payment
When it comes time to settle your workers compensation case, it’s imperative that you use the proper language in your settlement agreement so as to minimize the effect of your workers compensation settlement on your past, present, and future SSDI payments. If you do not, you may possibly lose your SSDI for a very long time.
Filing for SSDI also triggers Medicare considerations
When a disabled worker files for SSDI benefits, Medicare considerations are triggered. Navigating Medicare eligibility and benefits along with workers comp and SSDI can be overwhelming. These various issues can be confusing for someone who is not well-versed in workers compensation and disability law.
Say focused on your own recovery and consult with an experienced workers compensation attorney
If you’ve been injured at work and are seeking compensation through a workers compensation claim and considering filing for SSDI benefits, consult with an experienced workers compensation attorney at Klezmer Maudlin. We care about fighting for the rights of injured persons and workers throughout the state of Indiana. With offices in Evansville, Indianapolis, Lafayette, New Harmony, and Jeffersonville (Louisville, KY), we are well-equipped to handle your case.