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Overview of workers’ compensation payments

As previous posts here have mentioned, Pennsylvania residents who suffer workplace injuries and are unable to work can face a number of issues: Where and how do I get medical treatment? How will Social Security Disability benefits affect workers’ compensation? What exactly am I supposed to do about my lost wages because I can’t get back to work?

Indeed, finding yourself in this type of situation can be daunting – and more than a little scary. Fortunately, over the last several months, many posts here have been attempting to educate our readers on some of the basics of workers’ comp. Here, in this post, we will look at a fundamental question: how much an injured worker should receive in workers’ compensation payments.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, workers’ compensation payments – known as “wage-loss benefits” – should equal about two-thirds of the injured worker’s weekly wages. There is, however, a maximum that cannot be exceeded, and there are exceptions that may apply in some situations.

However, the bottom line is this: injured workers will at least have some form of income coming in while they recover from whatever workplace accident they were involved in. Knowing that should be of some comfort to Pennsylvania workers who are injured on the job, but there may be more that needs to be done. In some situations employer negligence may be a factor. Or, a certain type of medical treatment may become a point of contention. Getting the right information about your unique situation is usually the best way of injured workers to approach a workers’ compensation claim.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, “Workers’ Compensation & the Injured Worker,” Accessed Nov. 14, 2015


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