Social Security Disability Benefits
Are you curious if you could get social security benefits and workers’ comp after an injury at work? Our injury lawyer explains in this video.
If I get workers’ comp, could I also receive social security disability benefits?
Recently, somebody in South Carolina called my office. They had some questions about their workers’ comp case. I answered those questions, and they decided to retain me as their attorney to fight for them in their South Carolina case because they realized by hiring me, they were going to get more money out of their South Carolina workers’ comp case even after they paid me than if they tried to negotiate by themselves with the workers’ compensation carrier. While they were talking with me, they mentioned that their injuries were so severe that they felt like they might qualify for Social Security disability. We agreed. We thought that they might as well, and so we encouraged them to go forward and file for their Social Security disability. We also let them know that some of the evaluations that we would send them to and reports that we would get from people like vocational counselors or doctors that we trusted could be used in their Social Security disability case.
On some cases, we actually represent the person in both claims. Other times, we send somebody to a Social Security attorney that we know is good, particularly if I’m busy and I don’t have time to represent them in the Social Security claim. We share with that new attorney the information that we’re using in the workers’ comp claim to make both cases winnable, strong cases. When you have a situation where you’re receiving workers’ comp benefits and Social Security disability benefits, it means that when you settle your workers’ comp case, you have to take into consideration Medicare’s interest, and you have to make certain that we’re not settling your workers’ comp case without making certain money is set aside to pay for the related medical bills and future medical care that you are going to have because of your injury on the job. Medicare is not willing to allow workers’ comp to push their obligations onto Medicare. In addition, when you receive workers’ comp and Social Security disability benefits, Social Security has an offset against what you’ve received in your workers’ comp.
With an experienced South Carolina workers’ comp attorney, we know how to minimize that offset so that you can settle your workers’ comp case and not have to pay an exorbitant amount to Social Security disability. There’s special legal language that has to be placed into the compromise settlement agreement to protect your rights and to protect your settlement. If you have a case where you’re injured in this regard, and you’ve reached the age where you’re close to retirement, and your injuries are so severe you can’t go back to work, and you’re thinking about filing for Social Security disability, call our office. We’ll fight for you in your workers’ comp case. We’ll coordinate your workers’ comp case with your Social Security disability case to protect your rights. Call our office and let us help.
Were you or a loved one hurt on the job in South Carolina and have questions about social security disability benefits? Contact experienced South Carolina worker’ compensation lawyer H. Bright Lindler today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
We will fight for you and your family.
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