Types of Compensation

The types of compensation that come with a Pennsylvania workers' compensation claim can vary depending on the circumstance. Benefits may include:

  • Medical benefits: Medical benefits cover any reasonable and necessary medical care ranging from medications to physical therapies to surgeries. In Pennsylvania, you are required to treat with a "panel" doctor for the first 90 days, but after those 90 days, you can treat with whatever doctor you choose.
  • Wage loss benefits: These benefits are intended to compensate a percentage of lost wages due to the inability to work over an extended period of time. You are entitled to monetary benefits on a weekly basis while you are out of work, and there is no limit on the time you can acquire those benefits. However, these benefits will be limited based on when you will be returning to work. In Pennsylvania, wage loss benefits can only be stopped if you return to work for the same wages or a judge enters an order to stop wage loss.
  • Specific loss benefits: Specific amounts of compensation are available to someone who suffers an amputation or loses the use of a body part. However, these benefits depend on the severity and location of the injury.
  • Lump-sum settlement: You may have the option to receive disability benefits over time or take a cash settlement up front. When you receive a lump sum payment, your case is closed permanently, resulting in the cessation of monetary benefits and medical rights.
  • Death and dependency claims: If someone dies as the result of a work injury or illness, his or her loved ones may be eligible for compensation. Common dependents that receive benefits include the surviving spouse, biological children, adopted children, parents, and grandparents.

We encourage you to contact our office as soon as possible after your injury to discuss your options for benefits and compensation. We are committed to making sure our clients obtain full benefits after a work injury as well as ensuring that benefits will continue as long as necessary.