Workers Comp in Pa.- Impairment Rating Evaluation

Date: August 27, 2014

For workers injured on the job in Pennsylvania, once the workers has been paid a cumulative 2 years ( 104 weeks) of total disability benefits, the employer can request that the worker submit to a medical examination commonly referred to as an impairment rating evaluation (IRE). The employer submits a written request that a physician, possessing the necessary medical credentials, be assigned to conduct the IRE. The IRE will consider the injured workers percentage of impairment  resulting from the work injury. If the impairment percentage is less than 50%, the injured worker’s wage loss benefit entitlement is capped at 500 weeks.

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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.