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 35 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 three 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. Your medical benefits are unlimited while you collect workers’ comp benefits in Philadelphia, but wage loss benefits fall into four categories:
- Temporary Total Disability (TTD). These benefits are set for a specific amount of time and a specific amount of money. They are awarded when you cannot perform your job at all. Because they are temporary, the idea is that eventually you can return to your job.
- Permanent Total Disability (PTD). When you cannot work at all, and the chances are slim that you will ever be able to return to work, you could be awarded PTD. These benefits ensure that a portion of your salary is protected for life.
- Permanent Partial Disability (PPD). Because the injury resulted in permanent harm, there is no clear expectation that you will be able to return to your work, although you may be able to perform under “light duty.” There is no minimum weekly amount you can collect, but there is a maximum amount. You are able to collect PPD benefits for up to 500 weeks.
- 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.
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 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 1.888.748.8529 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, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.