Compensation for Work-Related Injuries Causing Scars, Disfigurement or Loss of Body Parts
Most injuries and occupational illnesses are treated similarly under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law. However, certain types of injuries (called specific losses) are compensated differently, including:
- Scars (from burns, surgery or from wounds) on the face, head or neck
- Disfigurement of the face, head or neck
- Loss (amputation) of body parts (fingers, hands, arms or legs)
- Paralysis of a body part
- Loss of hearing
You can receive a lump sum payment for these injuries separately from any other workers’ compensation benefits. In fact, you need not have missed any work in order to file a claim and receive payment for disfigurement or scarring, but you must make a claim within 3 years from the date of the injury. Generally scars are considered permanent after being in existence six months after the date of your injury.
If you suffered scars or another type of disfiguring or paralyzing injury in a workplace accident, contact our Pittsburgh law office to speak directly with an experienced work comp attorney. We can help you understand your rights and assist you in getting all of the benefits you deserve.
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Wondering how much you will receive in payment? Under Section 306(c) of the Pennsylvania Worker’s Compensation Act, compensation for the loss of a body part or for scars or other disfigurement is calculated by your compensation rate based on your average weekly wage at the time of the injury. We can do the calculation for you and show you what your benefit will be.
The attorneys at Woomer & Hall are aggressive advocates dedicated to protecting injured workers. Contact our law office or call 1-800-686-0848. Your initial consultation is free. We charge no attorneys’ fees or costs of any kind unless we recover compensation for you.
* Case results are for informational purposes only, and should not be considered as a guarantee or prediction of outcome in any other case. Every case involves different facts and circumstances, and a favorable result in one case is not a guarantee that a similar result can be obtained in another case.