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% disabled, you will only be able to collect temporary total disability benefits for a maximum of 9 1/2 years. If you are more than 50%disabled, then you will be able to collect benefits for life. Disability determinations of more than 50% 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 Marzzacco Niven & Associates law firm 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. When you turn to us, we can use every legal resource available in an effort to resolve the cases in a manner that is most beneficial for you.
Insurance companies have only 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.
Turn to Us: Talk To A Lawyer At Marzzacco 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. You can also reach us via email.