We have discussed the Notice of Temporary Compensation Payable (NTCP or TNCP) on this blog in the past. This is a tool a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation insurance carrier can use if it is still investigating and unsure whether to formally accept liability for a work injury in PA (instead of issuing a Notice of Compensation Payable (NCP) or Agreement for Compensation). Of course, as with many tools, it is most often misused and abused by insurance carriers, but that is a different blog for a different day.
The beauty of the NTCP for insurance carriers is that, within 90 days, the NTCP can be revoked, and the claim still denied. A recent case in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania dealt with the timing of this type of revocation.
In Jones v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (Villanova University), the injured worker (Claimant) allegedly suffered an injury to her knees at work. The workers’ comp insurance company issued an NTCP on June 6, 2012. Pursuant to the NTCP, a check for temporary total disability was issued by the carrier and received by Claimant on June 14, 2012. This check was for the period of May 15, 2012 to June 6, 2012. The day after the check was received by Claimant, June 15, 2012, the workers’ compensation insurance carrier issued a Notice Stopping Temporary Compensation (NSTC) and a Notice of Compensation Denial (NCD).