An IRE is a medical examination requested by the insurance company to determine your total body impairment resulting from your workers compensation injuries. By law, the IRE should not occur until you have received 104 weeks of total disability benefits. At the request of the insurance company the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation chooses a doctor in your local area to perform the IRE. Depending upon the results of the IRE, the period of time that you can continue to receive weekly wage loss benefits may be limited.
As a general rule the insurance company can request your attendance at an IRE no more than 2 times per year. You should not, however, attend an IRE unless you first discuss this with a workers’ compensation lawyer.
If you receiving workers compensation in PA, the insurance company cannot stop your weekly benefits or stop paying your medical bills if you refuse to go to an IRE, unless you have been ordered to attend an IRE by a Workers’ Compensation Judge. If this happens, you should immediately contact a workers’ compensation lawyer.
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