Scranton Dickson City Work Injury Lawyers- Workers Compensation Payment Question

Date: May 9, 2012
Posted In: DLP Law

Question: I took a part-time job working on weekends to help make ends meet. Unfortunately, I slipped and fell while working the part-time job and injured my knee. The doctor says that I’ll need surgery and I’ll be unable to work for 3 or 4 months. The compensation rate from my part-time job is nothing compared to what I was earning at my weekday job. How will I be able to pay my bills???? Anonymous, Dickson City, Pa.

Answer: If you are actively employed by two or more employers at the time you suffer a work injury, wages received from all employers will be used to determine your average weekly wage and compensation rate. The compensation will be paid by the employer for whom you were working when the injury occurred. In your case, even though the weekend, part-time wages were less that the wages your earned at your weekday, full-time job, the compensation carrier for the part-time employer will be liable for the payment of compensation for your loss of earning from both job- typically 2/3 of your average earnings as calculated at the time of the injury.

If you’ve suffered a work injury and have questions about your claim, contact me at or call (570) 347-1011 for a free consultation.

 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.