When you are injured on the job or work-site Workers’ Compensation benefits are designed to pay for your medical expenses as well as your lost wages you suffer as a result of a work-related illness, injury, or because of an aggravated existing condition. Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act you may be entitled to several types of benefits such as:
Employers are responsible for advising workers of their rights and duties under Section 306(f.1)(1)(i) of the Act. The written notice of these rights and duties is to be provided to the employee at the time of injury or as soon after the injury as is practicable.
Specific Loss Benefits
If you have lost the permanent use of all or part of your thumb, finger, hand, arm, leg, foot, toe, sight, hearing or have a serious and permanent disfigurement on your head, face or neck, you may be entitled to a specific loss award.
Payments For Lost Wages
Wage-loss benefits are available if it is determined that you are totally disabled and unable to work or partially disabled and receiving wages less than your pre-injury earnings.
If the injury results in death, surviving dependents may be entitled to benefits.
Notably, amongst the types of compensation you may receive is compensation for all reasonable and necessary medical expenses. This is significant because even if you do not miss time from work due to your injury, but incur medical bills and expenses stemming from a workplace injury or illness, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation.
Common Injuries Sustained In The Workplace
Unfortuantley, workplace injuries are all too common. While some injuries may be minor and do not require you to miss any work, other injuries are substantially more severe and some can even result in death. Some of the most common injuries in the workplace include:
- Head injuries
- Hearing loss
- MRSA infections
- Nerve and Tendon Injuries
- Repetitive trauma injuries
- Shoulder/rotator cuff injuries
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, sprains and strains are the singlemost common workplace injury. In a 2014 report, the DOL noted that they had documented nearly 70,000 sprains and strains amongst all of the major industries in Pennsylvania. Additionally, sprains and strains accounted for nearly 40 percent of all work-related injuries.
Our Montgomery County Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Can Help
The Montgomery County Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Lerner, Steinberg & Associates bring a combined total of 60 years of experience to your work-related injury claim. Please contact us immediately upon sustaining an injury from a work-related accident or activity in any Southeast Pennsylvania workplace located in Delaware County, Chester County, Berks County, Bucks County, Montgomery County or Philadelphia County. Our lawyers can advise you on the best strategy for maximizing benefits, whether as a lump-sum cash settlement or ongoing benefits. We will listen to the details of your case, explain your options, and be there with you every step of the way. Contact us online or call us at (215) 355-6400 for a free consultation with one of our Chester County Workers’ Compensation lawyers about your rights and the value of your work-related injury claim.