Impairment Rating Evaluations

If you have been receiving temporary total disability benefits for a work-related injury for at least 104 weeks, the employer's workers' compensation insurance company can request that you undergo an Impairment Rating Evaluation (IRE). An IRE is intended to calculate your level of whole body impairment which will impact the amount of time you will be eligible to collect benefits.

The Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation decides which doctor will perform your IRE. In general terms, if the results of your IRE show that you are less than 50 percent disabled, you will only be able to collect temporary total disability benefits for a maximum of nine and a half years. If you are more than 50 percent disabled, then you will be able to collect benefits for life. Disability determinations of more than 50 percent are exceedingly rare and are typically reserved for people who have suffered catastrophic injuries.

A Respected Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Law Firm

The attorneys at the Harrisburg-based Law Offices of Katherine L. Niven & Associates, PC, have extensive experience representing injured workers in all aspects of workers' compensation. We understand how intimidating it can be to face a procedure that could limit your access to future benefits. We utilize every legal resource at our disposal in an effort to resolve the cases in a manner that is most beneficial for you.

Insurance companies only have 60 days following the benefit payment for the 104th week to request an IRE. If that deadline is not met, the insurance company has no further claim to limit the duration of your benefits. We encourage you to contact our office immediately upon receipt of the IRE notice so that we can investigate to determine the validity of the request.

Talk To A Lawyer At Katherine L. Niven & Associates

Contact our firm to discuss your questions regarding your IRE appointment with a lawyer. Initial consultations are always free. You can reach us by phone at 717-260-3580 or toll free at 866-321-5340. You can also reach us via email.