Social Security Disability and Workers Compensation — Be aware!

Recently I had a client that settled her workers' compensation claim for a lump sum amount of money.   The Attorney that she used for her workers' compensation settlement, which WAS NOT Mooney & Associates, failed to draft the agreement with specific social security disability offset language.  Subsequently, she received an award of social security disability benefits.  However, she soon found out her monthly benefits would be greatly reduced for a period of two years.  This can have devastating effect…

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What is an Independent Medical Examination (IME)?

Often I get questions from injured workers asking if they have to attend an independent medical examination, otherwise known as an IME.  The quick answer to that questions is --- Yes.  The workers compensation insurance carrier is entitled to have an injured worker examined by a doctor of their choosing every six months.   Insurance carriers typically like to refer to these examinations as 'independent', hence the name of the examination, however, they are far from independent.   Let's take…

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