Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits Offered in Pennsylvania
Learn More About Benefits From an Experienced Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
As a resident of Pennsylvania, you have certain rights if you are injured or become sick on the job. The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act guarantees that, if you suffer a workplace injury or illness, you are entitled to receive medical benefits and wage loss benefits. There are different types of workers’ compensation benefits that you can collect, however, and trying to figure out which one to apply for can be a challenge, especially when you are already worried and frustrated because of your injury.
For the last 40 years, Larry Pitt & Associates has helped injured workers in Philadelphia and throughout the state get the kind of help they need, when they need it. We walk you through the process step-by-step so that your application is thorough, complete and filed on time. We will represent you in administrative hearings as well, if your claim requires one.
Employee Benefit Rights
You can collect the following types of benefits for workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania: medical benefits, which help you pay for your treatments and medications; wage loss, which gives you partial wages during the time you are unable to work; and death benefits, which can be collected by the spouse or child of a worker who dies as the result of his or her injuries sustained on the job. In addition, the following options may be available:
- Death benefits – Widows, widowers, and children of workers who died as a result of an injury on the job or a work-related illness may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. After the death of a loved one, we provide compassionate care to ensure you receive what you are entitled to.
- Disfigurement and specific loss benefits – If your injuries cause you permanent disfigurement, or necessitate the amputation of a limb or body part (or led to the loss of a limb or body part), there is a specific amount of money you may be entitled to receive.
- Lump Sum Settlements – When you prefer to receive your financial settlement in a lump sum, we can help you in the negotiation process.
- Medical benefits – You are entitled to the full range of medical benefits, including evaluation, treatment, medications, any therapy or rehabilitation that you require, and more.
- Vocational rehabilitation – You are entitled to an appropriate amount of retraining and rehabilitation after a workplace injury.
- Wage loss benefits – You are entitled to recover past and future lost wages after a workplace injury. The amount and duration of wage loss benefits depend on the type and severity of the injury. Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits are awarded when you cannot perform your job at all, but with the expectation that you will eventually return to work.
- Permanent total disability (PTD) – benefits are paid to workers who are so severely affected by their condition that there is no expectation that they will ever be able to earn a living wage. Finally, permanent partial disability (PPD) is awarded for injuries that are permanent in nature, but do not completely limit a person’s ability to work in some capacity.
Sometime, the type of injury or illness you sustain may fall neatly into one category, but that is not always the case. When you are not sure which type of wage loss benefits you are entitled to receive, or if there is a change in your condition that might alter the type of benefit you originally applied for, you want a dedicated Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney by your side to help you.
Contact Larry Pitt & Associates for Help With Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
The laws regarding workers’ compensation are complicated, but we can help you through the process. To learn more about what kind of benefits you may be entitled to collect, please contact the law firm of Larry Pitt & Associates at 888-PITT-LAW or by filling out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer about your needs. We proudly serve Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia County.