How much can I receive for lost wages in a Workers’ Compensation claim?

If you have been injured due to a work-related injury, you are entitled to a portion of your lost wages. Generally, an employee received about two-thirds of their lost wages. However, wage-loss benefits are subject to certain caps, as well as different tiers.  How much you receive also depends on the type of your disability and whether you were considered totally disabled or partially disabled.

Total Disability Wage-Loss Benefits

If you cannot work at all due to your injury, you will receive the following wage-loss benefits.

  • If you make more than $1,287.00 per week you will receive $858 per meek (the maximum amount of compensation allowable)
  • If you make between $643.51 and $1,287.00 per week ” you will receive 66.667% (two-thirds) of your average weekly wage.
  • If you make between $476.67 and $643.50 per week ” you will receive $429.00 per week.
  • If you make $476.66 per week or less you will receive 90% of your average weekly wage.

Further, if you are able to return to work, but your employer has not offered you employment within your medical restrictions, the law presumes that you remain totally disabled.

Partial Disability Wage-Loss Benefits

If you return to light duty work that pays less than what you were receiving before your injury, you can receive partial-disability benefits. You can receive two-thirds of the difference between you pre-injury rate of pay and post-injury rate of pay. You can receive partial disability wage-loss benefits for a maximum of 500 weeks (9.5 years).

Being Denied Wage-Loss Benefits

If your employer’s Pennsylvania workers’ compensation carrier denied your wage-loss benefits, see an attorney immediately. We may be able to file a Claim Petition on your behalf so you are able to receive wage-loss benefits due to your work-related injury. Please call me at (484) 362-9286 to discuss your case. My office is located in Bethlehem, PA.

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