Pennsylvania Work Injury – Can I Collect Workers Compensation Payments?

Date: October 24, 2017

Question: I suffered a serious cut on my arm at work back in June of 2017. I reported the injury immediately to my foreman. My foreman drove me to the emergency for treatment. The emergency room doctor gave me a slip to stay out of work for 2 days. On the third day, I went back to work. The workers compensation insurance company paid my medical bills. I have missed 3 additional days since June due to pain in my arm for a total of 5 days. My arm feels pretty good right now and the doctor has released me as I have fully recovered. Can I collect workers comp for the 5 days that I missed? G.R., Scranton, Pa.

Answer: The Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act states that if disability from a work-related lasts for less than 7 days, no wage loss benefits are payable. If disability lasts for more than 7 days but less than 14 days, wage loss compensation is paid for each day of disability extending from day 8 to day 13. If disability lasts for 14 or more days, wage loss benefits are payable retroactive to the first day of disability.

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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.

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.