If you work in the state of Pennsylvania, you should learn about the types of programs available that protect you in different situations. One of these programs is workers’ compensation. The objective of this program is to provide assistance to you or to your family members if you develop a work-related illness or experience a work-related injury. Such an illness or injury may be short-term or may even be fatal.
As explained by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, in the event of a fatal illness or injury, your surviving spouse or dependents may be able to receive financial compensation in the form of death benefits. Any medical treatment associated with your illness or injury may be paid for via the workers’ compensation program. This is so for fatal or non-fatal incidents.
If you are unable to work due to your injury or illness, you may qualify for wage replacement benefits that pay you a portion of your income. These are calculated in part on the nature of your disability. You may also receive additional benefits if you lose your vision, hearing, a limb or a digit. Serious disfigurement of your neck, head or face may also result in the payment of specific loss benefits.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give people in Pennsylvania an overview of the types of benefits that they may be eligible for if they are injured or become ill due to a work-related event, situation or environment.