UH OH, OFFSETS

Greg Boles
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It’s bad enough that your benefits are fixed on the date of injury and never go up.  Insurance companies also have the right to cut your workers’ compensation benefits based on other benefits that you receive.  If you are receiving Social Security Retirement benefits, the insurance company is allowed to reduce your wage loss benefits by an amount equal to half of your monthly retirement benefits.  If you’re receiving pension benefits from a plan that was funded by the employer for whom you were working at the time of injury, the insurance company can take a dollar for dollar credit for those benefits.  If you received a severance package that was funded by your time-of‑injury employer, the insurance company has a right to take credit for that.  Your benefits will also be reduced for each dollar you receive in unemployment compensation benefits during your period of work-related disability. The insurance company giveth and the insurance company taketh away. 

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