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I was injured in an auto accident (broken clavical, two broken

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I was injured in an auto accident (broken clavical, two broken ribs and broken sternum). I am now on SSI benefits. They are about to offer me a settlement on my medical bills and pain and suffering. How will this effect my SSI benefits? Do I have to let them know?
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Personal Injury Law
Expert:  Roger replied 7 months ago.
Hi - my name is ***** ***** I'm an attorney in Tennessee. I'll be glad to assist.
Expert:  Roger replied 7 months ago.
If you are receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income) disability benefits, any settlement you receive will be counted as income to you in the month received and as a resource in subsequent months until spent down per Social Security rules.To avoid this, the funds would need to go from the other party to your attorney or a trust attorney who then puts the funds into a Special Needs Trust......a special needs trust also may help avoid some of the Mediare issues.Thus, you should speak with your lawyer about setting up a trust if you're concerned about this money having an impact on your benefits.
Expert:  Roger replied 7 months ago.
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Expert:  Roger replied 7 months ago.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Also, please take time to positively rate our conversation so I may receive credit for assisting. Thanks again!

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