Employer Trying to Stop Your Workers' Compensation Benefits?

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You open your mail and find a Petition to Terminate, Modify, or Suspend your workers' compensation benefits. What does this mean? What should you do about it?

If you receive any of these petitions, it's important to contact an attorney immediately. In many cases, there are very short deadlines to respond, and you'll need an attorney to advise you of your legal rights and to represent you in court before a judge.

You will be required to attend a hearing and it is a complicated process. The insurance company will have attorneys on their side and you should have one on yours. Your income and ability to provide for yourself and your family is on the line. Don't try to go it alone.

We can help you figure out your next steps – contact us 24/7 at 1-866-943-3427 or fill out a free legal consultation.

Petition to Terminate Workers' Compensation Benefits

When your employer files a Petition to Terminate Compensation Benefits, they are asking the Bureau of Workers' Compensation to stop payment of benefits based on a physician's report that states you are no longer injured and can return to work.

You should contact an attorney right away. He or she can tell you about your options and represent you at a hearing. If you fail to attend a scheduled hearing, your payments might be stopped. Our attorneys can advise you if you have to go back to work or if your job is at risk.

Petition to Modify Workers' Compensation Benefits

When your employer files a Petition to Modify Compensation Benefits, they are asking the Bureau of Workers' Compensation to reduce the amount of money you receive. The reason may be stated in the petition. Usually, it's based on a physician's report that states that the injury is not as disabling as it was before and has released you to a modified or "light duty" job.

If your employer has a modified job available but you feel that it exceeds the physical restrictions from your doctor, you should get in touch with an attorney. If you fail to attend a scheduled hearing, your payments may be reduced.

Petition to Suspend Workers' Compensation Benefits

When your employer files a Petition to Suspend Workers' Compensation Benefits, they are asking the Bureau of Workers' Compensation to suspend payment of your benefits. The reason may be included in the petition and may be due to failure to comply with certain requirements of the Workers' Compensation Act. Typically, your employer has a different job available for you that you refuse even though it pays the same amount as your pre-injury job.

It's in your best interest to contact an attorney to represent you at a hearing. If you fail to attend a scheduled hearing, your payments may be suspended.

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