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Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation: Time Limits to Reinstate Suspended Benefits

How long do I have to reinstate my suspended benefits?

If you received temporary total disability benefits or partial disability benefits and you returned to work at no loss of earnings and are not fully recovered from your work injury; your benefits will be suspended. A petition to reinstate your benefits to total disability or partial disability benefits must be filed within 500 weeks (9.6 years) of the date upon which your benefits were initially suspended.

During this 500 week time period after your initial suspension, you may file a petition to reinstate your benefits to total disability benefits or partial disability benefits. If your injury, once again, causes you to be unable to do the job you were performing while your benefits were suspended, you may petition to reinstate your benefits to total disability benefits. If you experience a lay off from your position due to economic reasons or your job is no longer available, you may also petition to reinstate your total disability benefits. If you are still working under a suspension and your earnings are decreased through no fault of your own, you may petition for a reinstatement of partial disability benefits. Once you are reinstated to total disability benefits or partial disability benefits, you are no longer on a suspension of benefits. However, should your benefits, once again, be suspended during the 500 week time period, you will have the remainder of the initial 500 week time period to petition for another reinstatement of temporary total or partial disability benefits depending upon your circumstances and the reasons for your renewed loss of earning power.

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