Impairment Rating Evaluation (IRE) in a Pa. Workers Comp Case

Date: May 13, 2015
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In Pennsylvania, after a workers compensation claimant receives payment of 104 weeks of temporary total disability benefits (TTD), the employer can request that the claimant undergo an Impairment Rating Evaluation (IRE) to assess claimant’s percentage of impairment. The IRE exam is performed by physician selected by Department of Labor & Industry, Bureau of Workers Compensation. The injured workers impairment is assessed per Guidelines set forth by the American Medical Association. If the Impairment Rating is 50% or more, payment of TTD continues. If, however, the Impairment Rating is less than 50%, the claimant’s benefit “status” is modified from total to partial. The wage loss benefit entitlement is then capped at 500 weeks. The benefit rate is not necessarily effected.
If you’ve suffered a work injury and have questions about your claim, email me at tcummings@dlplaw.com  or call (570) 347-1011 for a free consultation.
Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.