I have an open workers' compensation claim and I am also receiving Social Security Disability and Medicare. Can I settle my workers' compensation claim myself without hiring an attorney?
That is probably a very bad idea! This is because Social Security benefits and Medicare benefits are directly affected by workers' compensation benefits you receive. Your Social Security benefits can be reduced if you settle your claim without placing very important legal language in the settlement. Furthermore, Medicare may refuse to pay future medical bills if you settle the case without "considering Medicare's interest." Medicare sometimes wants to review certain proposed workers' compensation settlements to make sure that Medicare isn't going to end up paying for any future medical bills that should have been paid for by the workers' compensation carrier. Therefore, it is rarely a good idea for a person to settle a workers' compensation claim without an attorney when that person is on Social Security Disability or Medicare.