Severely injured employees need to know one off the most shocking future implications of their workers' compensation case: workers' comp settlements can cut your social security disability benefits, even if you're not on social security when you get the comp settlement. That's right- taking a comp settlement can impact rights you might not know you need when you settle the case.
In this brief video, South Carolina workers' compensation attorney Rob Usry reveals how an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help you minimize or even avoid the reduction, to protect your future rights without impacting your comp settlement amount, or how it gets paid.
Get Workers' Compensation Without Reducing Your Social Security Benefits
Hey folks, here’s a question we get from our workers; comp clients: “can my workers’ comp benefits affect my social security benefits?” Almost certainly. That’s why you need to protect yourself. If you get a workers’ comp settlement, it can be used to reduce your social security disability check. And here’s the real kick in the gut, you can suffer this reduction even if you don’t get on social security until after your workers’ comp case is over.
But there is hope. An experienced workers’ comp attorney will know how to help you reduce or even avoid this reduction. To do that, we put a clause in the workers’ comp settlement agreement that values the settlement as if you’re getting a weekly check for the rest of your life expected life, under South Carolina law. You still get the workers’ comp settlement as a single check and don’t worry about it being shady, the South Carolina Supreme Court approves of it.
If you have been seriously hurt at work, don’t risk short changing yourself or your family, now or in the future. Get an experienced workers’ comp attorney on your side and to get that ball rolling, call our office for a free easy strategy session, or fill out a get help now form to get your questions answered. I thank you for thinking of this with me, and I hope I see you soon.