Workers’ compensation benefits can potentially help with a host of issues injured workers can face following a workplace injury. Because of that, injured workers should be intimately acquainted with what each of the benefits of workers’ compensation are and how each may be able to help them.
A closer look at workers’ compensation benefits in Pennsylvania
Medical care and expenses: There are several different types of medical care and expenses that workers’ compensation benefits can help with. This can include coverage for services received by doctors and other health care providers; reasonable surgical and medical services; hospital treatment costs; prescription medications and supplies; and orthopedic appliances and supplies.
Lost wages: Injured workers may be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits for the replacement of lost wages. The amount of lost wages that the injured worker may receive is approximately two-thirds of the worker’s salary if they suffer from total disability. Until the worker is able to return to work, for those who qualify for lost wages benefits, they will continue receiving the benefits. There are applicable timelines associated with the availability of these benefits that injured workers should also familiarize themselves with.
Other things injured workers and their families should know about workers’ compensation benefits is that coverage for the invaluable benefits can begin as soon as the day following when an application for benefits has been properly completed. Eligibility for benefits begins the worker’s first day on the job. Workers’ compensation benefits may be able to help workers with the trials they suffer following a workplace accident or because of an occupational illness or disease.