the monthly income payment by how much the disabled worker is getting in comp. By way of example, if a disabled worker is supposed to get $1,800 per month in Federal Disability payments, but they are receiving $600 in workers comp checks, the SSA will only pay $1,200, as they do not want injured recipients getting more money while disabled, than they were earning when healthy.
However, Social Security does not offset from the settlement or verdict in a personal injury case. They only do so at this time with Workers Compensation (and certain other state, local and federal disability payments). Failure to follow the rules regarding state, federal and private civil claims can lead to a loss of benefits or an unnecessary reduction in payments. It is important to get experienced counsel for cases that involve Social Security, Workers Compensation AND personal injury claims. Coordinating all of the claims with an experienced lawyer who actually tries personal injury, workers compensation and Social Security Disability Income cases that arise out of a single accident can enable you and your family to maximize your recoveries and avoid running afoul of the Federal and State laws governing overlapping claims. If you or someone you know has become disabled as the result of an permanent on the job injury or occupational disease and needs help coordinating benefits or understanding how these government programs work together, please e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555) at once.