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Q. 15. What wage loss benefits am I entitled to under PA Workers' Comp if I am injured on the job?

If you are out of work for more than seven (7) days, including weekends, as a result of a work-related injury or disease, you are entitled to begin receiving wage loss benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act in Pennsylvania. If the disability lasts for fourteen (14) days or more, you are entitled to receive wage loss benefits for the entire period of missed time. To qualify for benefits, the lost work days need not be consecutive.

During your period of work-related disability, you are entitled to receive wage loss benefits equal to two-thirds of your pre-injury average wages up to a statutory maximum. Low wage or part-time workers may receive more than two-thirds of their pre-injury wages. When calculating wages, your employer or its insurance carrier must take into account wages from all sources of employment, and include overtime and bonuses.

You may also be entitled to wage loss benefits even if you never missed time from work.  If your work injury results in you making less money, you may be entitled to partial disability benefits.  This often occurs when an injured worker is working in a light duty job following a work injury or no longer receives overtime or shift differentials.  If you frequently worked overtime prior to an injury and can no longer work overtime because of your injury, or you are no longer receiving a shift differential, you may be entitled to wage loss benefits equal to 2/3 of the difference between your pre-injury pay with overtime or shift differential and what you are making on light duty.

In addition to wage loss benefits, injured workers may be entitled to specific loss or disfigurement benefits.  If your injury results in a permanent scar on your head, face or neck, you are entitled to receive benefits - even if you never missed time from work.  If your injury resulted in the total or partial loss (or loss of use) of limb, finger, eye, or hearing, you are entitled to received specific loss benefits – even if you never missed time from work.  Both disfigurement benefits and specific loss benefits are payable in addition to standard wage loss benefits.

If you have questions and would like to discuss a work injury or workers’ compensation claim with us, please feel free to call Willig, Williams & Davidson and its work injury lawyers at 1-866-413-COMP (2667) or 1-215-656-3600.

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