Philadelphia Work Injury Lawyers
Wage Loss Benefits
Most workers in Pennsylvania are covered by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. The Act states that employers must provide Workers’ Compensation coverage for all employees, including seasonal and part-time employees. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, you or your family may be entitled to wage loss benefits.
Reporting a claim early and accurately is essential to receive the proper wage loss benefits. The experienced, knowledgeable Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at E. S. Borjeson & Associates can help you get the benefits you and your loved ones are entitled to and avoid financial hardship due to lost wages.
Payment of Wage Loss Benefits
If a doctor declares that an employee is unable to work due to a workplace injury or illness and provides proper documentation, the employee is entitled to a percentage of their lost wages. Lost wage compensation begins on the 8th day of missed work; if an employee is unable to work for more than 14 days, he/she will be paid retroactively for the first 7 days of missed work.
Rates of wage loss compensation are based on the “average weekly wage” (AWW) at the time of injury, and are subject to minimum and maximum amounts established by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. The rate depends on the year when worker was injured. Each year the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation establishes the limits for three tiers of payments: the lowest tier receives 90% of the AWW; the middle tier receives a set amount; and the upper tier receives 66 2/3 % of the AWW up to the maximum rate.
For 2013, the bureau has released the new rates for wage loss benefits for workers who are totally disabled. The lowest tier – AWW of $0 to $509.43 receives 90% of their AWW. The middle tier, ranging from an AWW of $509.44 to $687.75 receives the set amount of $458.50. Workers with an AWW of $687.76 or more will get 66 2/3% up to a maximum of $917.00 per week.
Philadelphia Work Injury Lawyers at E. S. Borjeson & Associates Fight for Fair Compensation for Injured Employees
Prompt reporting of workplace injuries is the key to receiving lost wage compensation. By reporting the work injury or illness immediately, as well as the date and time of the incident or discovery, you can minimize the amount of wages lost and begin receiving compensation in a timely manner. Ensuring that you receive the maximum compensation due you under the law, when you need it most, requires a knowledgeable, diligent work injury lawyer at your side.
If you or someone you love has suffered a work-related injury or illness, Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at E. S. Borjeson & Associates can help you claim the Workers’ Compensation you are entitled to under the law. Call us at 215-772-3020 or contact us online to see how we can help you. We are conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia and serve clients throughout Southeast Pennsylvania, including Bucks County, Delaware County, Chester County, Montgomery County and Berks County.