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Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Benefits

Workers compensation employee benefit information for the State of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Medical Benefits -

  • In the event of a work-related illness or injury a Pennsylvania worker is entitled, if covered under the Act, to the payment of related reasonable surgical and medical services rendered by a physician or other health care provider. Medical benefits for injured Pennsylvania workers are paid without regard to length of disability or amount of cost.

Who Chooses the Physician for Injured Workers in Pennsylvania -

  • The Pennsylvania worker is free to choose their own doctor unless the employer accepts their claim and has posted a list of six or more physicians or health care providers in the workplace, then the injured worker is required to visit one of them for initial treatment. The injured worker is to continue treatment with that provider or another on the list for a period of 90 days following the first visit. The injured Pennsylvania worker may see any provider on the list; the employer may not require or direct the worker to any specific provider on the list.

Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Disability Benefits -

  • Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits:
    • An injured Pennsylvania worker must be disabled more than seven calendar days (including weekends) before payments for disability are payable. Benefits for time lost from work are payable on the eighth day after injury. Once the injured worker has been off work 14 days, they receive retroactive payment for the first seven days. There is a 3-day waiting period for the payment of disability benefits. If the disability exceeds 14 days, the 3-day waiting period is waived.
    • An Injured worker is paid 66 2/3 percent of their average weekly wage when it falls between $605.26 and $1,210.50 wage paid is 60%.
    • If an injured workers average weekly wage is between $448.33 and $605.25 then their weekly compensation is $403.50.
    • If an injured workers average weekly wage is lower than $448.33 then they are compensated at a rate of 90% of their average weekly wage.
    • The weekly maximum is $807, 100% of the Pennsylvania state average weekly wage.
    • Maximum period of payment is 90 days.
    • Benefits are subject to Social Security, employer's pension and any severance pay.

  • Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Benefits:
    • An Injured worker is paid 66 2/3 percent of their average weekly wage when it falls between $605.26 and $1,210.50 wage paid is 60%.
    • If an injured workers average weekly wage is between $448.33 and $605.25 then their weekly compensation is $403.50.
    • If an injured workers average weekly wage is lower than $448.33 then they are compensated at a rate of 90% of their average weekly wage.
    • The weekly maximum is $807, 100% of the Pennsylvania state average weekly wage.
    • Maximum period of payment is for the length of the disability.
    • Benefits are subject to Social Security, employer's pension and any severance pay.

  • Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits:
    • An Injured worker is paid 66 2/3 percent.
    • There is no weekly payment minimum.
    • The weekly maximum is $807, 100% of the Pennsylvania state average weekly wage.
    • Maximum period of payment is for the length of the disability.
    • Benefits are subject to Social Security, employer's pension and any severance pay.
    • Note:
      • Non-scheduled injuries have a maximum period of payments of 500 weeks.
      • Non-scheduled injuries maximum payment amount is $403,500.
      • Awards for non-scheduled injuries are set at 66 2/3 percent of the difference of the injured workers wages and the remaining earning power of the worker up to the state average weekly wage.


Pennsylvania Workers Death/Dependency Benefits -

  • If the injury to a Pennsylvania worker results in death, surviving dependents may be entitled to Pennsylvania work comp benefits.


Pennsylvania workers Compensation Attorney Fees -

  • Any fee agreement must be approved by a Workers Compensation Judge or the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board.

More specific workers compensation employee benefit information for this state can be found by following the link below. It will take you directly to the state web page containing employee's workers compensation rights and benefits:

http://www.dli.state.pa.us/landi/cwp/view.asp?a=138&q=220671



Important Notice Please Read: All information on this page is provided only as a reference. While we strive to mantain accurate information on this site please realize workers compensation laws are complicated and subject to change at any time. If you need help with a workers compensation problem or have a specific situation or question please contact our office. Otherwise please consult your states governing authority or an attorney in your state of residency for assistance.


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