Losing Workers' Compensation Benefits
Worried About Losing Your Work Comp Benefits?
We wish we could tell you that once your Pennsylvania workers' compensation claim is approved, that's the end of the story. In a perfect world, you'd receive your payments and never have to deal with your employer's insurance company again. Unfortunately, things aren't always that simple, and there are a number of reasons why your benefits could be stopped early.
The good news is that some of those reasons are avoidable, and if you think your benefits are being wrongfully terminated, you have options. Working with an experienced workers' compensation attorney will give you the most protection possible – our lawyers can guide you through the work comp process to help make sure you keep the benefits you deserve. We'll deal with the insurance company so you don't have to. We'll do everything we can to make sure you understand what's happening with your claim and why.
If you're in danger of losing your work comp benefits, get in touch with us. Keep in mind that time is critical because of tight deadlines. We're available 24/7, so don't hesitate to reach out. Our legal consultation is free and you're not obligated to use our services. Call 412-394-1000 or fill out the simple form to the right.
When Can My Workers' Compensation Benefits be Stopped?
You can lose your workers' compensation payments if you:
- Refuse to get reasonable medical services
- Refuse to comply with an order to have a medical exam
- Are convicted of a crime and are put in jail
- Fail to complete and return an employee verification form to the workers' compensation insurance company within 30 days
Your benefits can also be stopped:
- By a judge appointed to review the facts of your workers' compensation claim
- If you have fully recovered from your injury and have signed a "Final Receipt" – signing this receipt means you agreed to stop your benefits
- If you are assigned to a modified, or "light duty," position. You may still be able to collect partial disability payments if the job pays less than what you made before your injury.
- When the 500-week period of partial disability is over
- When the time you had to collect specific loss payments ends. This time period is set based on the nature of the injury.
- If you agree to receive a lump sum of money, also known as a "Compromise and Release"
- If you return to work and are making the same, or more, than you made before your injury
- If you die from causes not related to your work injury
How Will I Know That My Benefits Might End?
If your employer wants to stop your workers' compensation benefits, you should receive a notice telling you so. Your employer must file a "Petition to Terminate, Modify, or Suspend Benefits." If you receive one of these petitions, you should contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
We can fight the petition, but we have the best chance of being successful if you contact us right away. The more time we have to collect evidence and build your case, the better.
We Can Help Fight For Your Work Comp Benefits
We know how important your workers' compensation benefits are for you and your family. For many people, they're a lifeline – work comp is the only thing that keeps bills paid and food on the table. If you hire us, we'll take your claim as seriously as you do.
Put our experience to work to protect your rights. We've helped over 8,000 injured workers – we mean it when we say we know every part of the work comp system. Call us for a free legal consultation at 412-394-1000. You can also fill out the form at the top right of this page.
There's no obligation to use our services, and you won't owe us a thing unless and until we win your case.