an accident took pace back in 2008. i got a lawyer just to make sure the person who put me in the hospital cover the cost of the doctors i had to see because my insurance will not pay for it. then i heard nothing about it. then 2011 my lawyer talked to me to go over some details because the other party insurance company didn't want to pay my doctor bills. this accident cause old injuries to reacurr and i got worse now i'm disable. i was told not worry i didn't have to go to court. but my lawyer called and said the judged decided to compensate me for pain and suffuring this year 2012. do i lose my SSI because i wasn't axpecting any money i just wanted to make sure the doctors bills where covered.
First, Judges just don't decide to award compensation; it sounds like your lawyer reached a settlement. Second, SSI is income based so if you are over the limit you lose your benefits until you spend the money. Y
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This question is better posed to an attorney that handles SSI disability matters.
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Frankly, your question is a bit confusing. You are using the term "SSI", but do you mean "social security disability" or are you talking about social security income based upon retirement. If it is the former, you would have had to have been already determined to be totally disabled in order to be receiving SSI-Disability. If that determination was made before the 2008 accident, then it is difficult to understand how you subsequently became "disabled" when you already were classified as such. If you received, or are receiving, SSI-Disability as a result of the accident, then SSI will likely be entitled to a lien against your recovery. If it is not due to the accident, it will likely not affect your payments but it is very advisable to given SS notice of the claim and pending settlement if only for the purpose of receiving a letter from SS Administration that they will not be seeking a lien or reimbursement. Another important consideration is whether the settelemtn monies are claissified for "pain and suffering" or "lost income". You should discuss this with your lawyer as it is important for him to know so that he can take the appropriate action.
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