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Do not let Medicare take a bite out of your Iowa workers’ compensation settlement.
Medicare may not pay for medical treatment if it believes that an injured worker has already received money in a settlement for future medical care related to a work injury, or even if it believes the injured worker should have set aside a portion of a workers’ compensation settlement for future medical care related to a work injury–even if the injured worker otherwise qualifies for Medicare.
The ultimate result: if the injured worker has not taken the proper precautions in a workers’ when settling a workers’ compensation claim by including special language in the settlement documents, the worker can end up paying for medical treatment out of his or her own pocket that otherwise would have been covered by Medicare.
The Fact that You Receive Social Security Disability Should Not Shrink Your Workers’ Comp. Settlement
If you are on any type of social security disability and you accept a workers’ compensation settlement without taking the proper precautions, the settlement may reduce your social security benefits. Before accepting a settlement after an Iowa work injury, the safest thing to do is have your case evaluated by a qualified Iowa workers’ compensation attorney.
An experienced Iowa work comp. lawyer can advise you how to settle your case so that you avoid any costly Social Security landmines. The proper Iowa workers’ compensation settlement paperwork can make all the difference in the world—it can greatly reduce, or even eliminate a reduction in your Social Security benefits. Just another reason to work with an attorney. In virtually all cases you will do better with an attorney than without one.