There are a number of questions that spring from your posting. Is your daughter a minor? Did Medicaid pay any of her accident related medical bills? Has the statutory Medicaid lien been satisfied? If your daughter is a minor, was this $4500 settlement approved by an appropriate court?
In any event, you should have your daughter report the receipt of these funds and I'm sure that the SSI people can advise you. I am also sure that at some point your daughter received information from SSI telling her exactly what she needs to do if she comes into some money. You should review that information from the federal government. Failure to report the receipt of funds can lead to criminal prosecution.
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I wouldn't report anything to anybody (why today???) until I sat down with an SSI attorney and learned how I might legally protect this money from the SSI.
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The limit on SSI is for income. Personal Injury awards are not income, they are compensation damages.
You should really consult with an attorney in your area to advise you before you do anything.
Rather than report to SSI, call them up or research online what, if anything , would a personal injury settlement do to someones benefits. You don't have to be anymore specific than that. Do your homework before reporting. I honestly don't know the answer, but I am sure someone will.