A work-related accident can occur in any profession or industry. While common in jobs that involve hard labor, they can also occur in the medical field and in office work. The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act allows workers to receive compensation for medical expenses in the event that you cannot return to work immediately following an accident. Workers’ compensation’s benefits do not end there, however. After suffering an injury in the workplace, you have options.

With workers’ compensation, you are entitled to a variety of benefits. According to the Department of Labor & Industry, worker’s compensation covers any illness or injury that you sustain on the job. This does not include any injury that you self-inflict. Likewise, you cannot break the law or use legal drugs and make a claim.

The claims that you can make include the following:

  • Lost wages
  • Specific loss
  • Death
  • Medical care

Lost wages are among the most popular compensation that a person will ask for. If you were disabled or unable to work following an accident, then you may receive the wages that you lost. If you had to apply for a lower-paying job due to your injuries, you may ask for compensation to make up the difference. Next, specific loss refers to any permanent loss to the body. For instance, disfigurement or loss of limbs counts as a specific loss. If you lost a loved one then you may seek compensation. Last, if the accident resulted in medical costs, you are entitled to payment for those bills.

This is educational information about compensation for work related injuries. It is not legal advice.