Suffering an injury at work is frustrating, especially when it prevents you from collecting regular paychecks for you and your loved ones. You're sidelined with your injury, wondering, "What are we going to do if I can't work?" That's an important question to ask, and it's one that we can help you answer.
We can get your lost income through workers' compensation and help you get back on your feet. Our experienced legal professionals are standing by 24/7 to answer your questions. Fill out our free legal consultation to get started, or simply call us at 1-866-943-3427. It's absolutely free.
Pennsylvania's workers' compensation system is like a gigantic roadmap that's difficult to navigate. It seems like there are many alleys and avenues that can lead you to dead ends or turn you around in circles. That's why we're here. We guide you and help you get the money you deserve.
We want to make sure you understand the workers' compensation system. Did you know there are two different types of compensation you can collect if you claim lost wages? They are largely dependent on the severity of your injury and your level of disability.
When you're collecting workers' compensation for lost wages, you're able to collect a portion of your job's gross weekly pay up to a maximum amount. In Pennsylvania, your compensation is based on the average amount of money you make per week at your current job.
The amounts for 2014 are as follows:
If you are able to return to a "light duty" assignment that pays less than your previous position, you can collect partial disability. Pennsylvania's workers' compensation program says that you can collect two-thirds of the difference of the two salaries for a maximum of 500 weeks (9.5 years).
It's important to note that you will never receive a "cost of living adjustment," otherwise known as C.O.L.A., while you are enrolled in the workers' compensation program. Your payments will remain the same for as long as they continue.
Don't forget, if you're collecting Social Security Disability (or have other sources of income), it can impact the amount of money you receive through workers' compensation.