Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, you are entitled to wage loss and medical benefits while you are disabled from your work injury. However, the Employer and its insurance carrier often try to terminate your benefits, even though you are still disabled from working and not recovered from your work injury.
A sure sign that the insurance company wants to terminate your benefits is if it sends you to its own physician for an independent medical examination (IME). The sole purpose of an IME is for the insurance company to obtain an opinion from a doctor of its choosing that you have fully recovered from the work injury and are no longer disabled. Once the insurance company receives a report from its doctor that you are fully recovered, it will file a Petition to Terminate your workers’ compensation benefits.
It can be frustrating to receive a Petition to Terminate your benefits when you know you are not recovered from the work injury and that you cannot work. This is true, especially when your own treating doctor, who has seen you numerous times, tells you that she or he disagrees with the IME doctor and that you cannot return to work at all and are not fully recovered.
Should you receive a Petition to Terminate your benefits, you should contact Cynthia O’Donnell at the Patberg Law Firm. You need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney on your side if the insurance company is trying to terminate your benefits. Attorney O’Donnell has years of experience in representing workers’ compensation carriers as well as years of experience representing the injured worker. She knows how insurance carriers and their attorneys assess your case and what they look for in trying to terminate your benefits. Attorney O’Donnell will assist you in staying on the benefits that you deserve. For a free consultation, contact Attorney O’Donnell at (412) 232-3500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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