Workers' Compensation Settlement Calculator
When you're hurt on the job, your first thought might be, "How does workers' comp pay me?"
Fortunately, the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation system is in place for this reason—to make sure that injured workers can receive income if they cannot work. However, the system can be complicated, and to make matters worse, employers may deny your benefits or force you back to work before you are recovered. Or, if you've been on workers' compensation for several months, you may be wondering how to figure out a work comp settlement. Our certified Pennsylvania workers' compensation attorneys can help.
How Does a Workers' Comp Settlement Work?
A workers' comp settlement offers you a one-time lump sum payment instead of work comp checks. You can receive a lump sum for lost wages, a lump sum for medical expenses, or a lump sum to cover both.
If you're interested in a settlement, you should always consult with an attorney before accepting any offer—once you settle, you can't go back and ask for additional money or benefits. The board-certified attorneys at Edgar Snyder & Associates can calculate what you're eligible for based on your injuries and time off work, and we negotiate with your employer's work comp insurance to get you the settlement amount you deserve.
How is a Settlement Calculated for Workers' Compensation?
Looking for a workers' comp settlement calculator? Our Pittsburgh workers' compensation attorneys are experienced in uncovering case details to maximize the value of your settlement. Our law firm has handled workers' compensation cases for over 35 years—you name the situation, and we've seen it.
Settlements are calculated based on medical expenses and lost wages. It's critical that you discuss your situation with an attorney before accepting a settlement—almost always, insurance companies will offer you less compensation than you deserve. You can call us 24/7 at 412-394-1000.
Use our Workers' Comp Settlement Chart below to consider what affects work injury settlement calculations. Note: You should NEVER accept a settlement without reviewing these factors with an attorney.
|Medical expenses||This includes current hospital bills, prescriptions, ambulance rides, etc.|
|Future medical costs||Your injury may require future surgeries, prescriptions, etc.|
|Lost wages||This includes previously missed work and future missed work.|
|Specific loss||Specific loss can refer to the loss of a limb or use of a limb, or hearing loss.|
How Long Does It Take to Get a Workers' Comp Settlement?
According to Martindale-Nolo, a reputable legal research firm, it takes an average of nearly 16 months for injured workers to obtain settlements. But that doesn't mean that you won't receive benefits in the meantime. The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation system is known to be slow and complicated, so we don't recommend you tackle obtaining a settlement by yourself.
Many factors can affect how long your case takes to reach a settlement. To move your case along as swiftly as possible, contact our law firm immediately at 412-394-1000.
How Much is Workers' Comp Pay in Pennsylvania?
Workers' compensation pay in Pennsylvania and related benefits are based on your income, time off work, and the injury you sustained. Beyond workers' compensation checks and medical benefits, some injured workers may also seek a lump sum settlement. Here is how workers' compensation is calculated:
If you missed work due to your injury, you may be eligible for the following payments based on your weekly income:
- Weekly average income is between $768.76 and $1,537.50: 66 2/3 % of your weekly pay
- Weekly average income is between $569.44 and $768.75: flat rate of $512.50
- Weekly average income is $569.43 or less: 90% of your weekly pay
Note: These amounts are based on Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry's 2018 workers' compensation rate schedules.
If you can return to work with a "light duty" assignment, and it pays less than your previous job, may be able to collect partial disability. Partial disability is 2/3 of the difference of the two salaries, up to a maximum of 500 weeks. For example, if you made $500 a week before your injury, then returned to a "light duty" assignment that pays $400 a week, you may be entitled to $66 in partial disability. The difference between the job salaries is $100, and 2/3 of that is about $66.
Injured workers can receive benefits to cover medical expenses related to your work injury, such as doctor appointments, surgeries, hospital expenses, tests, prescriptions, and more. If you sustained an injury at work but did not miss work, you are still eligible for these medical benefits.
While there are no set workers' compensation injury values, you may also be eligible for compensation through other benefits. Those benefits may apply to you if you suffered loss of a limb or use of a limb, hearing loss, facial scarring, and more.
Lump Sum Settlement
If you're interested in collecting a lump sum of money, you may be wondering how to calculate your workers' comp settlement. Settlements are calculated based on a combination of lost wages, medical expenses, future medical expenses, specific loss, scarring, and more. Because factors vary so widely from case to case, it's nearly impossible to provide an average workers' comp settlement amount. However, the amount cannot exceed your weekly work comp benefits multiplied by 500 weeks.
For that reason, if any attorney offers you a workmans' comp settlement calculator that generates a specific number, we strongly caution you against trusting it. If you're still curious on how a workers' comp settlement is determined, review our workers' comp settlement chart above.
Contact Us Now for a Free Case Review
If you're seeking a workers' compensation injury settlement calculator, we urge you to call us now, or fill out the form on the page. Our phones answer 24/7. We collect crucial details about your case and what it may be worth. Our Pennsylvania workers' compensation attorneys have been fighting for the proper settlements our clients deserve for decades. There's no risk in contacting us—we offer a completely free, no obligation case review.