February 15, 2016
An employee from Fredericksburg, PA, working as an air freight employee and truck driver, sustained a work injury in June 1995, which the insurance carrier accepted as a low back strain. Many years later, the insurance carrier filed a Suspension Petition alleging that the injured worker was offered a suitable job within his restrictions and he refused to return to work. While the case was actively being litigated, the case ultimately settled for $160,000 in wage loss benefits via a Compromise and Release. Do I have to settle my medical as part of a workers’ compensation settlement in PA? No. Although the injured worker resolved the wage loss portion of his claim, his medical benefits continue to be paid by the insurance carrier per the settlement agreement.