Clarks Summit, PA Work Injury Lawyer: Are Workers Compensation Benefits Payable In Pennsylvania For a Scar?

Date: February 16, 2012
Posted In: DLP Law

Question: I injured my neck at work and had surgery. I have a scar on the front of my neck from where the surgery was performed. Can I get anything for that? Jack F., Clarks Summit, Pa.

Answer: In Pennsylvania, if you suffer a disfigurement of the head, neck or face that is (1) serious, (2) permanent, that produces (3) an unsightly appearance, and (4) is not usually incident to the employment, you may be entitled to receive sixty-six and two-thirds per cent of your pre-injury wages for up to a maximum of two hundred seventy-five weeks.

For purposes of determining this type of disfigurement, Pennsylvania courts have held that the neck ends at the junction of the clavicle, scapula and the sternum.

If you’ve suffered a disfiguring injury at work, contact me at or call (570) 347-1011 for a free consultation.

Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.