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How LTD, Social Security, and Medicare Affect Workers’ Compensation Settlements?

This is the final article in a series of blog posts on settlement of a Georgia Workers’ Compensation claim.  The previous articles in this series have discussed what settlement is, when you should consider settlement, and some basic factors to consider when considering settlement.  This article will discuss additional factors to consider when considering settlement including long term disability benefits, Social Security Disability benefits, and Medicare eligibility.

Long Term Disability and Settlement

You receive workers’ compensation indemnity benefits (temporary total disability or temporary partial disability) when you are injured at work and lose wages because of your injury.  Some people who are injured at work have also purchased long term disability insurance policies that also provide them with disability benefits when they are injured.  The benefits provide by long term disability insurance are defined by the insurance policy.

More often than not, there is an interaction between workers’ compensation benefits and long term disability benefits.  That interaction usually means that one of these two benefits will be reduced.  While each long term disability insurance policy is different, settlement of a workers’ compensation claim can change the interaction between workers’ compensation benefits and long term disability benefits.  So, it is very important to consider how settlement of your workers’ compensation claim would affect any benefits that you may be receiving from long term disability.  This will require a careful review of your long term disability insurance policy because each long term disability policy is different.  An attorney can be helpful in conducting this review.

Social Security Disability and Settlement

Social Security Disability is another benefit that can be affected by Georgia workers’ compensation benefits or settlement of a workers’ compensation case.  Individuals become eligible for Social Security Disability benefits by filing a claim with the Social Security Administration.  When an injured worker receiving workers’ compensation benefits also qualifies for Social Security Disability benefits, the Social Security Disability benefits are sometimes reduced because the injured worker is also receiving workers’ compensation benefits.  Sometimes, these reduced Social Security Disability benefits will increase after the injured worker settles his or her workers’ compensation case.

Medicare and Settlement

One final factor to consider in settlement is somewhat connected to Social Security Disability benefits.  This factor is Medicare eligibility.  An individual usually becomes eligible for Medicare at age 65 or thirty months after the date of disability as determined by the Social Security Administration for Social Security Disability purposes.  Medicare eligibility or even an expectation of Medicare eligibility is important when considering settlement of a workers’ compensation claim.  The reason it is important is that Medicare requires injured workers, employers, and insurance companies to consider Medicare’s interests when settling a claim.  What this really means is that Medicare does not want to end up paying for medical treatment that should have been paid for by the workers’ compensation insurance company.  For an injured worker considering settlement, this means that extra care must be taken when the injured worker is Medicare eligible or will soon be.  It also means that money may need to be “set aside” from any settlement to pay for possible future medical treatment.

There are many factors to consider when deciding if, and when, to settle your workers’ compensation claim.  This blog series has attempted to address a few of the more important factors.  These factors can make settlement very complex. If you have additional questions about settlement or any issue involving a Georgia workers’ compensation case, please feel free to get a free consultation with one of our attorneys by calling the phone number at the upper right or completing the “Need Help” form on the right of this page.

What if I have other questions about workers compensation?

Georgia’s workers compensation system can be very confusing.  You have to worry about getting the treatment you need and paying your bills while also worrying about not missing any deadlines that could cause you to lose your right to receive workers compensation benefits.

If you have questions, I would recommend that you try to get answers.  To find out more about how to schedule a time to talk to me about your workers compensation questions, just read this short article.

Jason Perkins is an attorney who specializes in representing injured workers.  He regularly publishes videos and write blog articles about Georgia’s workers compensation system and issues that are important to injured workers and their families.

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Brittney-lee orourkeBrittney-lee orourke
05:23 18 Feb 22
Amazing! Jason and his team were very helpful and had the best communication by far. Walked me though every step with great detail and had answers for any question I had. They handled my case better then I could imagine, it was a weird case and they stayed on top of it and kept me updated every step of the way! Highly recommend this Team! Thanks so much to Jason and his Awesome team!-Brittney
China JonesChina Jones
18:58 08 Feb 22
I absolutely love this group of attorneys, when I was at my lowest they did everything they could to help me get justice for my injury. I believe if I were to have never picked my phone up and called the amazing group that helped me I definitely would not have received my idea of rights. If you have an issue and are just not sure please understand that they will help you, stay in contact, answer any question you have, and for sure get you the justice you deserve I thank them from the bottom of my heart and I will definitely refer them to anyone who has been hurt because they most definitely care about their work and clients.
Luv LocsLuv Locs
16:08 15 Jan 22
The entire law office was attentive and responsive to all of my concerns dealing with my workers compensation case.
21:14 02 Jan 22
If you must get a lawyer involved, you’d do well to work with Jason Perkins and his team at Perkins Studdard Law.They were thorough in gathering information and in sharing all the steps in the workers comp process specific to my case. Jason and the team were responsive to my bevy of questions and concerns.I appreciated the informative videos and consultations provided by Jason over video meetings and multiple phone calls.I hope I’m never injured on the job again. However, if I am and if my employer responds as my previous employer did, I’ll contact Perkins Studdard Law immediately to handle the case.
Dana BessDana Bess
23:57 10 Dec 21
Everyone at Perkins Studdard was kind and professional. They were always extremely responsive and answered all questions that I had and followed up to make sure I had an understanding of what was going on along with emailing videos to explain every step of my case so I would know what to expect and be prepared. Jason is a very genuine person and I trusted him with my case. He answered so many questions for me even before I retained him as my WC lawyer. I highly recommend him and his associates at Perkins Studdard.

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