Q: I am out of work due to a work injury. I'm getting weekly benefits but it's not enough. Can I take part of my pension that I've earned?
You can take your pension, but it most likely would not be good for your workers' compensation case. Most pensions are either totally, or heavily contributed to by your employer. If your employer has contributed to your pension, and you decide to take out your pension while collecting wage loss benefits, your employer can assert a credit against your benefits. This means your weekly checks can be reduced AND it will lower the ultimate value of any settlement of your workers' compensation case. Even if money is getting tight, you at least want to talk to an experienced workers' compensation attorney before making a move that could hurt your entitlement to workers' compensation benefits.
If you have any questions like this, or on any other topic, reach out to Schmidt Kramer today. Schmidt Kramer handles workers' compensation matters throughout Central PA. Call 717-888-8888.