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Understanding work-related disability benefits in PA

If you are injured on the job, you may have questions about the workers’ compensation process in Pennsylvania. Securing benefits is extremely important, especially for long-term injuries that inhibit your ability to earn a living. At Friday & Cox LLC, we know that many people depend on disability benefits to survive. That’s why we work diligently to provide clients a comprehensive understanding of their rights when it comes to workers’ compensation.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry offers some important points on how disability status is classified. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be categorized as partially or totally disabled. Partial disability is defined as an injury that leaves you less than 50 percent impaired and provides up to 500 weeks of benefits. More significant injuries can be covered under total disability status, which involves an incremental assessment of injuries to determine whether total disability is still warranted.  

In the event you suffer from a pre-existing condition, you may still be eligible for benefits if you can show that your condition worsened due to work tasks. The timeline in which you are able to access benefits depends on the type of condition you are suffering from. For instance, if you develop lung disease related to hazardous material exposure (such as asbestos), this exposure must have occurred in the last two years in order for you to be deemed eligible.

Benefits can be used to cover a number of expenses. In addition to medical coverage and wages lost due to time missed from work, certain injuries are eligible for what are called specific loss benefits. This can include facial disfigurement that is deemed permanent, as well as loss of appendages or hearing.  Please visit our website to learn more about your rights to disability benefits when suffering from on-the-job injuries

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