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

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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.

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