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
- 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.
- You are able to work and earn as much or more than before your injury – your benefits are suspended (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.