Can permanent worker's compensation checks be garnished by collections?

Question Details:

I was seriously injured on the job and was finally awarded permanent workers comp disability. This is not a lump sum payment but a disability check just like social security disability. My wife and I have about $41,000 in outstanding medical bills at this time plus a judgement for a repossessed car against us. The collection agencies want their money and we would like to know if they can touch my disability check. We have no other income or assets. Important Notice