Modification of Workers’ Compensation Benefits in PA, Based on IRE, May Require Job Availability to be Shown

In a case that has been working its way through the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation system for some time now, the Supreme Court has accepted appeal in the matter of Diehl v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (WCAB).

As was discussed in a previous blog entry, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania concluded that a workers’ compensation insurance carrier need not prove job availability whether or not the IRE request is made within 60 days of the expiration of 104 weeks of total disability. Instead, if that time period is missed, the workers’ comp insurance company merely has to prove the Impairment Rating Evaluation resulted in an impairment rating of less than 50%.

The Supreme Court of PA has accepted appeal to determine whether evidence of job availability or earning power is required to change disability status from total to partial as a result of an IRE.

As always, we will keep you informed on further developments in this important area.