benefits paid for the loss of vision, hearing, limbs or part of limbs for all practical intents and purposes. It can be the result of amputation or loss of use.
the person or party responding to or answering a petition filed with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
trauma that occurs over time from job duties that are repetitive in nature. Example: John’s elbow became sore and inflamed as a result of constant pounding that resulted in repetitive trauma.
an injury, disease or medical condition that existed before the occurrence of a work-related injury. It can be but does not have to be work-related. Example: Frank’s arthritis was a pre-existing condition that was aggravated when he tripped and fell at work.
the person or party filing a petition with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
when an injured employee, insurance carrier or employer disagree on the legitimacy of a claim or on compensation awarded in a given case the party with the disagreement may file a petition with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation asking the Bureau to assign the case to a Workers’ Compensation Judge to determine the facts of […]
an injured worker returns to work at a lesser paying job or at his/her former job with less wages. Partial disability benefits makeup some of the difference between the injured workers’ average weekly wage, pre-injury and current earnings. Example: Jane returned to her former job and because she could not work overtime she was entitled […]
sometimes in a workers’ compensation case an injured worker is entitled to receive benefits from more than one source. In certain instances, some benefits offset each other so that an injured worker is not receiving 100% of several different types of benefits. Whether or not there is an offset depends on each individual case and […]
a change or amendment to a Claimant’s workers’ compensation benefits. Example: Helen’s employer filed a petition seeking a modification of her workers’ compensation benefits.
special administrative hearing often in connection with petitions that are pending before Workers’ Compensation Judges. Mediations are handled by other Judges not associated with your case. Mediations are designed to encourage a settlement of some or all of the issues pending before the Workers’ Compensation Judge assigned to your case.