In terms of Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits, injuries that involve scars and disfigurement to the head, neck or face are often unique.
Under the PA. Workers' Compensation Act Section (c) (22) , an injured worker in Pennsylvania is entitled to benefits " For serious and permanent disfigurement of the head, neck or face , of such a character as to produce an unsightly appearance, and such as is not usually incident to the employment , sixty-six and two thirds per centum of wages not to exceed two hundred seventy-five weeks."
These scarring injuries sometimes leave workers physically capable of performing their job, which will often make them think they are not entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. However, injuries such as these often lead to pain and suffering that is not necessarily physical.
Injuries that cause scars or disfigurement can often damage a person’s self esteem, which can lead to serious mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Issues such as these are absolutely covered by Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of this, and it is typically not a piece of information an employer will voluntarily share with a scarred or disfigured worker.
Common injuries that can lead to scars and disfigurement include :
- Thermal Burns
- Chemical Burns (in fact, Pennsylvania is ranked 4th in the US states with the most chemical technicians)
- Car Accidents
- Falls From Heights
- Trips and Slips
- Scars Resulting from Surgical Procedures to the Head, Neck or Face
In order to receive PA workers’ comp benefits for scars and disfigurement, the injured person must prove that the injuries were work related. The best way to do this is to contact a certified Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney. A competent legal representative will be able to answer all of your questions and let you know whether or not you have a case.
If you live in the Harrisburg, State College, or Wilkes-Barre area and suffer from disfigurement or scars from a work-related injury, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 for a FREE consultation.
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