Jack had been working construction for 20 years and was extremely safety conscious. Jack would always wear a hardhat or safety eyewear when around the construction sites.
As fate would have it, Jack was on his day off when he got an emergency call from one of the construction sites. Jack was a foreman, and there was a dispute over the way some of the electrical work was being done. Jack arrived at the site and proceeded into the building that was under construction. Jack had no sooner entered the building when a metal fragment came flying into his right eye which, despite extensive treatment, would be lost.
Question: What are Jack\’s rights under the Workers\’ Compensation Act?
Answer: Jack would be entitled to what is called loss of use of the eye which will entitle him to payment of all of his medical bills as well as compensation benefits for 275 weeks regardless of whether he works or not. If Jack\’s compensation rate would have been $700/week, he would receive that amount for the full 275 weeks. The Pennsylvania Workers\’ Compensation Act provides these types of benefits for loss of use of limbs, eyesight, hearing and even for scarring of the head, neck and face.
Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive. Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column.