What is the relationship between Medicare and my Workers’ Compensation claim?

The government carefully regulates its Medicare program and explicitly prohibits Medicare from making any payments to a Workers’ Comp doctor that should have been made by a Workers’ Comp insurance company. For many workers, a lawyer may be required to handle this type of workplace injury compensation claim. 

If you suffered an injury at work, it should be handled by the Workers’ Comp insurance company, not Medicare. It’s very important that you don’t pay the Workers’ Comp doctor with Medicare; doing so would mean that Medicare would have a lien. 

The government could then collect 100% of any payments it made on your behalf. If you decide to settle the claim, Medicare could then exercise its rights to a portion of your settlement. 

Because Medicare is designed to be a neutral, government program, all parties involved in the claim are supposed to protect Medicare’s interests and not abuse the coverage. 

It’s likely that with all the emotional and physical factors you’re dealing with after your workplace injury, compensation and a satisfactory settlement will be in the forefront of your mind. 

For most Virginia workers, a lawyer can help you understand all the rules regarding your case and Medicare’s policies, so that you don’t inadvertently put your future settlement at risk. Plus, because Medicare often has to give a written approval before you settle your claim, you’ll want to have an attorney handling all the legal nitty-gritty. 

Contact an Attorney about Your Work Related Injury Claim 

When you have difficulties with your work-related injury claim, a Virginia Workers’ Comp attorney can bear some of the burden you’ve been placed under. To get back on your feet, whether it means getting back to work or getting the benefits you deserve, order a copy of our free book, the Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia, and contact a workers’ comp attorney at the Injured Workers Law Firm for a no-cost consultation – 1-877-755-7744 or 1-804-755-7755.

2011-10-24T01:42:50+00:00

About the Author:

The Injured Workers Law Firm is a Richmond, Virginia based firm solely focused on serving clients with workers' compensation claims in Virginia. If you have questions about your benefits or if you would like more information on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation system, order our book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” , or call our office today (804) 755-7755.