While you are receiving Workers’ Compensation benefits, your employer may require you to attend an examination with a doctor of its own choosing. One type of examination is known as an Impairment Rating Evaluation (IRE). This examination may be requested up to two times within a 12 month period. If the insurance company physician determines that you are less than 50% whole body impaired, you will automatically convert to partial disability status and your benefits will be limited thereafter to a total of 500 weeks. Both the insurance carrier and the injured worker have the right to appeal the findings of an IRE.
Jerry M. Lehocky successfully defended against a Modification Petition based on an IRE by arguing that his client had not reached maximum medical improvement prior to the request being made for an IRE. Based on the evidence presented by Mr. Lehocky, the Modification Petition was denied by the Workers’ Compensation Judge.
If you receive notice that you are being asked to undergo an IRE, contact an attorney at Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano at 215-568-7500 to have this process explained to you in further detail and to find out how we can help protect your Workers’ Compensation benefits.