Types of Disability Benefits Offered Under Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act
Helping You Understand What Kinds of Wage Loss Benefits You May be Able to Collect
When you are injured on the job or in the course of your duties for your employer, you may be entitled to collect wage loss benefits while you recover, under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. For most people, this means collecting Temporary Total Disability (TTD), Permanent Total Disability (PTD) or Permanent Partial Disability (PPD), depending on the type of injury you sustained.
At Larry Pitt & Associates, our Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys outline your options and work with you so you know which type of benefits you may be eligible to collect. For more than three decades, we have represented the best interests of injured workers throughout the state, collaborating with their doctors, handling their insurance companies and working hand-in-hand with union reps to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. We know that a serious injury can leave you feeling insecure and unable to protect your family. We consider it our privilege to stand by your side and guide you through the process, so you can rest easier at night.
A Basic Breakdown of Wage Loss Benefits
Wage loss benefits are those which replace the wages you would normally collect for doing your job. Unlike specific loss benefits or death benefits, which are awarded once and set at a specific amount, wage loss benefits can vary, and can be awarded for a longer period of time. In the simplest terms, wage loss benefits work like this:
- 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.
Specific loss benefits can be awarded along with PTD or PPD, as well. If you are not sure whether or not you are entitled to additional benefits, some speak with a Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at the law firm of Larry Pitt & Associates. We review your case and your medical files to see if you are entitled to additional compensation awards.
Learn More About Wage Loss Benefits as Part of Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation
When you have been injured at work, you may be entitled to various kinds of benefits to help you protect your home and your family. At Larry Pitt & Associates, we can help you through the process and explain your options to you. Please call 1-888-748-8529 or fill out our contact form to set up a no-obligation consultation with a dedicated Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney today. We proudly serve Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia County.