Douglas, Joseph & Olson Attorneys At Law

Get Answers To Your Legal Questions.

Call 724-704-0554
Contact Menu

Can you reopen your workers' comp claim in Pennsylvania?

If you sustained an injury at your Pennsylvania job, and if you now receive workers' compensation benefits, your employer may lead you to believe that the benefits you receive are all that you can get. That is not true. In certain circumstances, you can reopen your workers' comp claim and request more benefits.

According to FindLaw, you may reopen your workers' compensation case under limited circumstances. Such circumstances include a worsened medical condition, a mistake or an error that a medical professional made in your diagnosis or treatment, overpayment of benefits, fraud or mutual mistake of material fact.

Worsening condition is the most common reason that injured parties reopen their workers' comp cases. For your case to qualify for reevaluation on the grounds of worsened condition, you must not only have a physician's report stating that your condition has gotten worse, but also, you must have substantial evidence that the original compensable injury caused the worsening condition. You must also prove that your worsening condition makes you eligible for additional workers' comp benefits. Your condition must be purely physical or mental in nature. A worsening economic situation is not grounds for additional workers' comp benefits.

It is important to keep in mind that just as you have the right to reopen your workers' compensation case, so too does the insurer have a right to reevaluate your benefits. If the insurer believes that you were overpaid or that you made your claim under fraudulent circumstances, it may request a repayment of benefits.

The information in this post is for purely informational purposes. You should not perceive it as legal advice. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Office Location:

Office Address 1:

Office Address 2:

409 N. Hermitage Road
Hermitage, PA 16148

Toll Free: 800-242-5242
Phone: 724-704-0554
Fax: 724-981-7021
Hermitage Law Office Map

203 Depot Street
Jamestown, PA 16134

Toll Free: 800-242-5242
Phone: 724-932-3302
Fax: 724-932-5839
Map & Directions

Reach Out Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy