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What if you cannot return to work after a work accident?

After suffering injuries in a workplace accident, you may find that getting better and returning to work may not be as easy as you hoped it would be. Some Pennsylvania workers find that their injuries are serious enough to affect their long-term abilities, ultimately resulting in either a temporary or long-term disability.

If you cannot work because of your work-related injuries, it can be helpful to understand the workers' compensation benefits that may be available to you. You have the right to recovery and support, which may include benefits to address long-term needs due to a disability. It can be helpful to seek guidance regarding your benefits claim as soon as possible after an accident in the workplace.

What type of support do you need?

Every work accident and injury is different, and the benefits you need depend on the details of your individual situation. You are entitled to receive the medical care you need for your specific injuries, including rehabilitation or therapy. Some of the benefits you may be able to get include the following:

  • Temporary disability: If your injury requires you to spend an extensive amount of time away from work, you could get temporary disability benefits. This includes partial recovery of your lost wages.
  • Permanent disability: If your injury is such that you will not be able to return to work, you could be eligible for a financial award to compensate you for your loss. The amount that could be available to you depends on the extent of your injury, your former job and more.

You may also have a rightful claim to support through workers' compensation insurance that includes vocational rehabilitation benefits. This could include training, help with your resume and other assistance if you are not able to return to the same job you had before your accident.

What should you do after an accident?

A work accident can change your life and affect your ability to work and care for your family. It is a threat to your well-being and your career, and you may find it beneficial to take quick action to learn about your rights and protect your interests.

A complete evaluation of your case could be the first step you take in your effort to secure the specific benefits you need after a work injury. If you are temporarily or permanently disabled, you do not have to fight for the long-term benefits you need by yourself.

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