Getting justice from the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system requires aggressive Lancaster County workers’ compensation lawyers who have the experience and knowledge to fight back when necessary. If you are receiving workers’ compensation due to an injury on the job, you may be faced with a suspension, termination, or modification petition. Here is a brief breakdown of what each of those mean to you, and how we can help.
This is when the insurance company or the employer files a petition, claiming that the injured worker is fully recovered from a work-related injury and is no longer entitled to receive benefits. This type of petition requires medical evidence supporting that position and, if successful, will cause your benefits to be stopped permanently.
This petition is filed when an injured worker is not fully recovered but has returned to work or is capable of returning to available work without a loss of earnings. A suspension petition is used to stop wage loss benefits only and not medical benefits.
For example, if you’re able to return to work to perform light-duty activities, and are collecting the same paycheck, your employer and its insurer may file a Notification of Suspension—which takes effect in 20 days if left unchallenged—or a suspension petition. In either scenario, it is critical to get the best workers comp lawyers in Lancaster to respond, so that your benefits are properly protected.
Often, injured workers return to work following an “independent” medical examination (IME) at the request of their employers before they are fully capable of performing the requirements of their job. If this is the case for you—you should contact us immediately for a free case evaluation so we can help map out the best course for you and your family.
With this type of petition, the employer will ask the injured worker to sign a Supplemental Agreement or not to challenge a Notice of Suspension they filed upon your return to work. If this sounds familiar to you—don’t sign a thing! The moment you do, you are signing away your rights to further compensation. Give our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys a call, so we can guide you in the right direction.
If presented with a Notification of Suspension, it can be challenged. However, the challenge must be filed within 20 days of its filing with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. So, don’t delay!
The insurance company or the employer files this type of petition when an injured worker is not fully recovered but has returned to work or is capable of returning to available work with a loss of pay.
Many times, a Modification Petition will follow an “independent” medical examination, or IME. In this scenario, the employer or its insurance company sends you to a doctor of their choosing. If this doctor disagrees with your own’s doctor’s opinion about your work restrictions or disability—which they usually do—the employer or carrier can proceed with filing a modification, suspension or termination petition to reduce or stop your indemnity, or wage loss, benefits.
This is a critical juncture in a workers’ comp claim, and you need top Lancaster County workers compensation attorneys ready to step in and defend your benefits. Georgelis, Larsen & Sabatino Injury Law Firm, P.C. had been successfully doing this for over 15 years.
Injuries happen all the time on the job, and unfortunately, the insurance companies don’t have your best interest at heart. They are looking for every way to minimize their financial outlay, with no thoughts or feelings about how it will impact you and your family.
Our workers’ compensation attorneys have received national recognition for their success record, which includes recovering more than $85,000,000.00 for people injured in Lancaster PA. You need a lawyer you can trust, and we make a promise to you to always be available, to treat your case like it’s the only one we’re handling, and to aggressively fight for you and your family. Please, if you’re navigating the workers’ compensation system alone, call us right away at 1-800-HURT-NOW.
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