Wage-loss benefits cover any decrease in salary or hourly wage a worker has missed out on as a result of his or her injury. Those that are totally disabled and incapable of working or partially disabled and receiving smaller wages than what they were earning prior to the injury are entitled to wage-loss benefits.
If a work-related injury results in death, deceased’s surviving kin and/or dependents are sometimes entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. Usually, spouses and children under 18 qualify as dependents. Children will usually receive the benefits until the age of 18, while spouses can earn benefits for a given amount of time, until they remarry, or for the rest of their life.
Specific Loss Benefits
Specific loss benefits are for those that have lost permanent use or all or a portion of a thumb, finger, arm, leg, hand, toe, hearing, sight, or have a serious disfigurement of the neck, face, or head.
Employers are responsible for covering any reasonable medical services from a physician or health care provider. Supplies, medicine, hospital stays and services, prostheses, and orthopedic appliances are also covered as long as they are necessary. This is even true if that employee does not have to miss any work for his or her treatments.
If you are going through any one of these situations or have any questions about Pennsylvania workers’ compensation, call 877-COMPHELP for a free consultation. Remember, if you have been injured on the job and you live in the Harrisburg, Williamsport, State College, or Wilkes-Barre area, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits.