Workers Compensation Gray Area Exposed
In a recent workers’ compensation hearing, a judge granted a claim petition but suspended benefits because the worker in question had received a job offer. This decision was made even though the judge had not received a Notice of Ability to Return to Work.
Back & Forth Through Workers’ Compensation Courts
The suspension was then reversed by the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (WCAB) because they ruled that, without issuing a Notice of Ability to Return to Work, the suspension could not be valid. After that, the Commonwealth Court reversed the suspension reversal, putting it back into effect, stating that the original suspension is appropriate in this case.
Now, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is debating whether the Commonwealth Court’s actions are correct. This decision could lead to policy on when a Notice of Ability to Return to Work is required for suspending workers’ compensation benefits. As you can already see by this example, workers’ compensation claims get complicated quickly.
Help for Filing or Appealing Workers’ Compensation Claims
As always, Handler Henning and Rosenberg offers a free consultation about your claim – please contact a workers’ compensation attorney at our law firm today to get started right away. There are time limits to file claims for workers compensation or disability benefits in Pennsylvania, so it is imperative that you act quickly