Social Security Retirement Offset Against Workers’ Compensation Benefits Unconstitutional Says Utah Supreme Court

Under Section 204(a) of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, a workers’ comp insurance company in PA is entitled to an offset when an injured worker receives Social Security Retirement Benefits (SSR). This is one of the provisions in the Act that seems most unfair to us attorneys who represent injured workers in PA.

The Supreme Court of Utah recently declared a similar provision in that State’s workers’ compensation laws to be unconstitutional, as it discriminated against injured workers on the basis of their age. Only injured workers old enough to qualify for SSR would have their workers’ comp benefits reduced.

Since workers’ compensation laws vary widely from State to State, there is no direct impact of this decision on the laws in Pennsylvania. However, this law does give us hope that a similar result can eventually be accomplished in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.