Attorneys Who Understand Their Clients

Dedicated To Helping Workers In Erie And Hermitage 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 workers from Mercer County to Erie County and throughout Hermitage, Jamestown, and the surrounding areas in a variety of industries who are hurt at work. Our workers’ compensation attorneys understand how significant your workplace injury 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, injury or illness. Pennsylvania 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 $1,273 in 2023, 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 workers’ compensation 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 workers’ compensation 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 at 724-704-0554 or send us an email.