For most people who get hurt at work, it is possible to return to the job after medical care and adequate rest. Some people can get back to work with accommodations from their employer.
However, not everyone is so fortunate. Some people suffer injuries that permanently affect their mobility, health or mental function. Other people may have worked in a particularly complex field or a physically demanding job.
For these individuals, a work injury could be the end of their career. If you fall into this category, you probably wonder what you can expect in the future. Thankfully, workers’ compensation law in Pennsylvania specifically addresses cases where a worker cannot return to their previous career or line of work.
Permanent disability income may be available
If your injuries are so severe that you may not return to work or feasibly pursue a new path to employment, you may seek permanent disability coverage. Much like temporary disability coverage, this workers’ compensation program offers replacement for part of your weekly income, up to a specific limit.
These benefits will persist for as long as you live with your disability, which can help ensure that your family will not struggle financially just because you got hurt at work. If at any point in the future your disability improves, you may need to report this to the state and could potentially stop receiving benefits if you can return to work.
Some injured workers will qualify for job training programs
Many people know that workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania will cover the medical expenses related to a work injury. Others also know that it will offer temporary and permanent disability income. Fewer people understand that job training may also be available for those whose injuries prevent them from returning to the same kind of job.
The idea behind this sort of training is to allow workers who had demanding or physical jobs they can no longer perform to gain skills necessary to find a job that pays a comparable amount of money. If your injury does not completely preclude you from working but you can’t return to your previous position, job training programs may help you find a way to support yourself and your family in the future.
It’s important to take steps to protect yourself and your family in the wake of a work injury. These steps should always include familiarizing yourself with your legal rights and the benefits that you should receive in accordance with Pennsylvania walk.
If you don’t stand up for yourself, it is unlikely that other people will stand up on your behalf. Educate yourself in order to connect with the benefits that you deserve and your family needs in the wake of a work injury.