Workers’ Compensation Disability Benefits
When you have suffered on-the-job injuries that require you to take time off work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for wage loss and medical care. While you have the right to receive a specific amount of compensation under Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation statutes, it is not always easy to ensure you are paid properly.
Temporary Total Disability Vs. Permanent Partial Disability
There are two types of disability benefits you may be entitled to:
- Temporary total disability benefits may be available indefinitely if you cannot go back to work. You should receive a percentage of your average weekly income, as calculated by a statutory formula, up to a certain limit.
- Permanent partial disability benefits can last up to 500 weeks from the date that your condition was categorized as a partial disability. You have a partial disability if you are not completely disabled, meaning you can go back to work in a modified role, which may be lower paying than the job you had before becoming injured. The wage loss benefits you receive will be a set percentage of the difference between your pre- and post-injury wages.
Your disability status or rating may change from permanent partial to temporary total, and vice versa. We can help you challenge your disability rating to ensure you receive the appropriate benefits.
Contact us before cashing in your retirement or pension benefits. This can jeopardize your case for workers’ compensation benefits.
Employers and insurance companies often challenge the statuses of those receiving workers’ compensation disability benefits. As soon as you receive information that your employer wants to modify, terminate or suspend your benefits, contact us to talk about your rights. We will not charge to give you the information you need.
Get Your Questions Answered By An Attorney
To learn more about your options, give us a call at 570-391-0199 or send us this form. We will not charge you any fees to sit down and discuss your case. We only charge an attorney’s fee if we take your case and win compensation for you. When that happens, we always reduce our fees from what the court allows us to collect, so that you can receive a better financial recovery.