Assistance In Your Time Of Need

We represent clients in estate law, family law, workers' compensation, and many areas of civil law.

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Dedicated To Helping Workers Replace Lost Wages

When you suffer from a disability that limits your capacity to work or prevents you from working, you stand to lose significant income.

At Douglas, Joseph & Olson Attorneys At Law, we devote our practice to helping Pennsylvania workers in a variety of industries who are hurt at work. Our attorneys understand how significant your current situation is and how daunting it must feel. We will do everything in our power to recover benefits for you to replace the wages you stand to lose.

Lost Wages: What To Know

Lost wages, sometimes also called loss of earning potential or loss of income, refers to the income you have lost and stand to lose due to a disability. The state calculates workers’ comp benefits for lost wages based on your earnings from the 12 months prior to your application.

The state reviews your previous 12 months of gross earnings and divides this income into four quarters. Your lowest earning quarter is removed and the other three quarters are averaged together. The maximum weekly benefits you can receive are $1,205 in 2021, although this figure is updated annually.

Most people receive two-thirds of their lost wages for up to 604 weeks for full disability or 500 weeks for partial disability.

Skillfully Handling Complex Third-Party Claims

If workers’ compensation does not cover all your damages, you may have options. While you cannot sue your employer if you receive workers’ compensation, you may have the option of filing a claim against a third party who is responsible for your injuries.

However, if you file your claim and win or receive a settlement, you must reimburse any workers’ compensation benefits you received. Because these types of lawsuits are immensely complicated, you should have a team that has a record of handling them successfully. Our lawyers can explain your options and weigh the positives and negatives of suing a third party.

Reach Out To Us For Dedicated Help

You are probably wondering how you will ever manage to provide for your family. Let us provide the answers for you. To request a free, confidential initial consultation with us, please call us or send us an email. To reach our Jamestown office, call 724-932-3302. To reach our Hermitage office, call 724-704-0554. Or, to call us toll-free, use 800-242-5242.