Workplace accidents happen frequently in Pennsylvania. In these accidents, workers can be seriously injured. When a worker is injured on the job, the worker may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry many types of benefits are provided to injured workers in Pennsylvania. The first type of benefit that workers may be entitled to are payments for lost wages. If a person is unable to return to the person’s job following a work injury, the person may be entitled to wage loss benefits. Additionally, if a person is partially disabled in a workplace accident, workers’ compensation benefits may be available for a part of the person’s pre-injury earnings. Additional benefits may be available for the people who have suffered total disability caused by a workplace accident.
Another benefit that may be available to workers in Pennsylvania is medical care. Under the law, workers may be entitled to expenses related to a workplace injury or illness. These medical expenses include hospital treatments, medical supplies, medicine, prosthesis, orthopedic appliances and more. These benefits are available even if the workers do not miss work. However, people may have to see specific healthcare providers for these services to be covered.
Pennsylvania workers may also be entitled to specific loss benefits for serious injuries. These benefits help to compensate individuals for the loss of limbs or for the permanent disfigurement of a person’s neck, face or head. Finally, families of those killed in workplace accidents may be entitled to death benefits.
It can be difficult for workers following a serious accident to understand what their legal rights are. Therefore, people may wish to consider seeking the specific legal advice of an attorney.