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4 types of workers' compensation benefits

Many workers have a general understanding of what workers' compensation. It is a form of insurance that provides for individuals who have been injured at work.

But what does workers' comp cover? What kinds of benefits does workers' comp provide? In this post, we will offer a brief overview of the types of workers' comp benefits.

Every case is different

It is important to know that every workers' comp case is different. This means the combination (and amount) of benefits that a person receives are unique to the situation.

With that in mind, here are the workers' comp benefit categories in Pennsylvania.

  • Medical care. If you are injured at work, the costs for surgical and other medical services from a doctor or other medical provider might be covered. These costs could include: medication; medical supplies; hospital treatment and other services; and orthopedic devices. 
  • Lost wages. Wage-loss benefits are available for individuals who have suffered total disability or partial disability. Total disability is when a worker is unable to do work of any kind. Partial disability is for workers who return to work at a lower-paying job than what they had before their injury. In Pennsylvania, partial disability is paid for a maximum of 500 weeks.
  • Specific-loss benefits. You may be eligible for a specific award if you permanently lose the use of a body part or function. This can include loss of hand, arm, finger, leg and toe. Awards also might be given for loss of sight or hearing.
  • Death benefits. If you die as a result of injuries suffered at work, your family might be eligible for benefits.

With every workers' comp case, it is very important to have a skilled legal advocate who represents your interests.

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