Possible Decisions the Judge Could Make
There are 3 possible outcomes that a WCJ can reach based on the evidence he or she reviews.
- You cannot work – your benefits continue as they have been, which allows you to continue receiving treatment until an additional review of your condition is conducted. Benefits from workers’ compensation will be sent to you so that you are not paying for medical treatment out of your own pocket. If you have questions about receiving benefits, be sure to speak with a Philadelphia workers’ compensation modification petition attorney from Gross & Kenny, LLP.
- You can do some work – your benefits are reduced – A typical reduction would be to an amount that is 2/3rds of the difference between what you can earn now and what you used to make. Again, this decision will remain unless an appeal is filed. You will continue to receive 2/3rds of the benefits until you return to work.
- You are able to work and earn as much or more than before your injury – your benefits are suspended (terminated). You can decide to return to the job where you suffered the injury or became ill, or you can inform your employer that you will not be returning to work for them. You are not required to return to the same job when your benefits are terminated.
Why You Need an Attorney When Facing a Modification Petition
If you are defending an employer’s petition to reduce or stop your workers’ compensation benefits it’s important that you make your best argument to continue your benefits in response to the original petition. If the WCJ decides to reduce or terminate your benefits, you can appeal but your benefits will change in the meantime and it’s harder to recover them.
At Gross & Kenney, LLP, we understand how crucial it is for the WCJ to consider all relevant evidence in your favor during the modification petition hearings. Our Philadelphia workers’ compensation petition lawyers have 30+ years of experience discrediting evidence presented by insurance companies. If you’d like to learn how we can help you keep your benefits, click here to contact us for a free consultation or call us at 215-512-1500 for an immediate response.
You have questions about your workers’ compensation benefits and the Philadelphia workers’ compensation modification petition attorneys at Gross & Kenny, LLP, have answers to those questions. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation with a member of our team. We will ensure that your case is handled properly from start to finish so you don’t have to worry about the benefits you so rightfully deserve. Call our office today so you can defend against the modification petition sent to you by your employer.