Are you too old to receive Workers Compensation?

If you are an ex-Federal Employee who is receiving workers compensation benefits and older than 70 – you may just be.

According to the Workers Compensation Blog published by Jon Gelman, Senator Susan M. Collins (R-Maine) has asked the Government Accounting Office (GAO) to launch an investigation into whether employees in their 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and even 100’s should still be receiving Workers Compensation benefits, even though there is no chance they would ever go back to work.  Sen. Collins has said that “I am increasingly concerned that individuals with no intention of returning to work continue to receive these benefits.”

I have serious concerns about cutting off benefits to senior citizens without giving them any due process.  An individual who is receiving Worker’s Compensation benefits does not receive the same benefits as someone who is employed, such as a Federal Pension in the case of these Federal workers.  It would stand to reason that if their benefits are cut off, they would have no other comparable income to replace it – with the exception of Social Security which they are probably already relying on.

Cutting off these benefits could have severe consequences to the individuals affected and is not a decision that should be taken lightly.