When a worker is injured on the job it can greatly impact them and their family members. Additionally, it can threaten their health and livelihood and leave them wondering where to turn. Because of how important they can be, injured workers in Pennsylvania and their families need to be familiar with how workers’ compensation benefits can help them.
Workers’ compensation benefits available in Pennsylvania:
- Health care benefits: injured workers can receive benefits for their healthcare expenses related to the injury or occupational illness they suffered. Specific examples of health care expenses that may be covered can include surgery costs; doctor’s visits; medication; medical equipment; and lab tests.
- Partial disability: injured workers can receive benefits if they are unable to work at full capacity due to partial disability resulting from their workplace injury or illness. These benefits are subject to a certain limits injured workers should be familiar with.
- Total disability: injured workers can receive benefits if they are unable to return to work due to total disability resulting from their workplace injury or illness. Workers’ compensation benefits for total disability are not subject to a limit.
- Permanent injury: injured workers may be able to receive benefits for the loss of use of a body part resulting from their workplace injury or illness.
- Death benefits: spouses and minor dependents may be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits if their loved one is killed in a workplace accident or because of an occupational illness.
Workers’ compensation can help injured workers get back on their feet and can also help both injured workers and their families when a worker is unable to return to work because of an on-the-job accident. Workers should feel safe at work so when they have been harmed at work, due to injury or occupational illness, it is essential for them to be familiar with how workers’ compensation benefits can help them through the challenges they face following a workplace injury or illness.