Jeffrey S. Gross, a certified Workers’ Compensation lawyer,* has been representing injured workers in Philadelphia and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania for more than two decades. For a free and confidential consultation, contact us online or call us today at 267-589-0090 or at 215-512-1500.
Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Under Pennsylvania law, workers injured on the job are entitled to up to five different types of compensation for their injuries:
- Death benefits: If a worker is killed in a work accident or dies because of injuries or an illness received on the job, his or her dependent children and/or dependent spouse are entitled under Pennsylvania law to monetary benefits based on the worker’s wage. A spouse may receive weekly payments for the entire period of widowhood, and children may receive benefits until they are 18 (or longer if the child is disabled or a full-time student).
- Disfigurement or “specific loss” benefits: If a work-related accident results in disfigurement, scarring to the head, face, or neck, loss of a limb or other body part, or loss of a specific bodily function, the worker may obtain additional compensation — calculated based on the worker’s average weekly wage.
- Lump-Sum Settlements: Injured workers may be able to take a one-time lump-sum settlement for past, present, and expected wage losses or for both their wage losses and their medical benefits.
- Medical benefits: The employer is required by law to pay all medical costs associated with the employee’s injury or work-related illness.
- Permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits: These wage loss benefits are paid under Workers’ Compensation law if a worker is determined to not be totally disabled or if the employee is able to return to work but at a lower-paying job (also referred to as loss of earning capacity). PPD benefits are also calculated based on the employee’s average weekly wage. After a maximum of 500 weeks on PPD benefits, the benefits cease unless the employee’s status is modified to temporary total disability within the time limitation of the 500-week period.
- Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits: If a worker’s injury or illness makes him or her totally disabled and completely unable to work, then the employee is entitled to weekly wage loss benefits that are calculated based on his or her average weekly wage. TTD benefits begin after one week of inability to work due to work-related injury or illness.
- Wage Loss Benefits: Under workers’ compensation, wage loss benefits will be paid to people who are unable to work temporarily or permanently due to a work-related injury or illness.