Scranton Hazleton Williamsport Wilkes Barre Work Injury Lawyers- Workers Compensation

Date: October 19, 2012

In Pennsylvania, after an injured worker has received 104 weeks of temporary total disability benefits, the employer can request that the employee submit to an impairment rating evaluation (IRE). This applies to injuries that occurred prior to June 24, 1996. The IRE is conducted by a physician who will assess the degree of impairment resulting from the recognized work injury. The degree of impairment is assessed per the most recent edition of the American Medical Association’s  (AMA’s) “Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment”. If the degree of impairment is less than 50%, the employee’s disability status will be modified to partial status and ongoing benefit entitlement will be capped at 500 weeks in duration.

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Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive. Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column.

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.