According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, roughly 40,000 workers apply for workers’ compensation benefits each year. If you have suffered a workplace injury in Pennsylvania, you are likely dealing with medical bills, lost wages and the overall distress associated with the injury.
The workers’ compensation process can be lengthy and confusing, and you might wonder if your injury’s severity impacts the amount you will receive in workers’ compensation.
Impact on medical benefits
The severity of your injury can influence the medical benefits you receive. If you sustain a more severe injury, it logically requires more intensive medical care. Workers’ compensation should cover the cost of all reasonable and necessary medical treatment related to the work injury.
Effect on wage loss benefits
Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation also provides wage loss benefits. If the severity of your injury prevents you from returning to work, or if you can only work in a limited capacity, you can receive benefits to offset your lost wages. The amount you receive generally correlates with your pre-injury wages and the extent to which your injury has impacted your ability to work.
Influence on disability benefits
If your workplace injury results in a permanent disability, you could qualify for disability benefits under workers’ compensation. The severity and type of your disability, whether it is partial or total, will determine the amount of disability benefits you receive.
The severity of injury
The severity of your injury is typically determined by a medical evaluation. Doctors will assess your condition and the extent of your injuries. This assessment plays a significant role in determining the level of workers’ compensation benefits.
Understanding how the severity of your injury can help you better navigate the process and ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve. Always make sure to report any workplace injury immediately and seek appropriate medical attention. Your health and well-being are paramount. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact a knowledgeable workers’ compensation specialist for a free consultation. You can find them online or at 610-892-9300.