What is the name of your state? PA
Been getting SS disability for 5 years. The amount of my personal injury award likely will be less than the amount of SS I have received. My lawyer says he needs to notify SS and negotiate with them and they get part of my award. I think this is BS. The award is for pain and suffering and i dont think that's the reason SS is giving me money right? He said the reason why he needs to negotiate is because otherwise people would never settle their personal injury cases because they wouldn't get anything and SS would take the whole thing. (he'd never get his fee either)
so i feel he's not exactly telling me the 100% truth. It seems wrong that they can take away the lump sum I've 'earned.' I've searched the SSA site and found NO mention of recovering personal injury payments, but tons of stuff on workers comp etc. certainly i'm not the only one in the world that has this situation.
Also when i called the toll free SSA number, they said i don't have to pay them back. so i asked for that in writing. doubt i'll ever receive it though.