Some people who are hurt at work and seek workers’ comp also wonder if they are eligible for North Carolina social security disability. Learn more now.
If I get workers’ comp, could I also receive social security disability benefits?
Recently, one of my workers’ compensation clients called me and wanted to know if they should apply for Social Security disability. This is a complicated question, but I told them yes. At this point in their life, at their age, with the seriousness of their injuries, I told them that they needed to go ahead and apply, but I also had to explain to them that the Social Security system was a totally different judicial system, and they had their own rules and their own mentality about when they accept claims and when they do not accept claims. What we did is we utilized a lot of the development of their workers’ compensation case to assist them in filing their Social Security disability case, and we either found an attorney to represent them in their Social Security case or I represented some of these folks in the Social Security case. It depends on how much time I have, but you can receive workers’ comp benefits and Social Security benefits simultaneously or at the same time.
Nevertheless, if you do receive Social Security benefits and workers’ comp benefits at the same time, it impacts your workers’ compensation cases in many different ways. Social Security will receive an offset for the workers’ comp benefits that you receive. Medicare is going to require the employer to make certain that if you settle your workers’ comp case, money is set aside to be prepared to treat the workers’ comp injuries so that Medicare doesn’t have to cover them. In fact, Medicare might refuse to cover them, or later on, they might deny you coverage of Medicare. When you have a workers’ comp case and a Social Security disability case, you need someone that has experience in both workers’ comp and Social Security to advise you, and I have experience in both of these areas of law. We can utilize our experience to get you the best result considering all the competing interest between Social Security, Medicare, and workers’ compensation. If you’re in this situation, contact our office. You may also find that if you’re – receive Social Security disability, it may strengthen your workers’ comp case. Certainly, you have something to fall back on, and if you have something to fall back on, it may mean that you can fight your workers’ comp case in a more effective way, so call our office. Let us help you coordinate these types of claims. We’ll be glad to help.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured at work and have questions about North Carolina social security disability? Contact experienced Richmond County, NC worker’ compensation lawyer H. Bright Lindler today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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