Laid Off and Work Restricted—Reinstatement of Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Reinstatement of Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Benefits for a Laid Off Employee Under Restrictions
When injured workers return to work with restrictions following a work injury, the injured worker may be entitled to a reinstatement of Workers Compensation benefits. Some employees return to work in a light duty program with a wage loss and others without a wage loss. In either instance, if you are laid off and work restricted at the time of the layoff, as long as the restrictions relate to the work injury and the injured worker is laid off through no fault of his/her own, then a Reinstatement Petition should be filed. This filing will lead to the injured worker getting his temporary total disability benefits reinstated and potentially the injured workers’ attorney fees.
If you are receiving medical treatment at the time you are laid off, the Employer will still be obligated to pay your medical bills for your work injury. If the Employer refuses, then a penalty petition should be filed to compel the Employer to pay the medical bills, pay additional penalties to the injured worker and also possibly your attorney fees.
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