Scranton Pittston Work Injury Lawyers- Workers Compensation

Date: October 3, 2012

Question: I work as a carpet installer. Yesterday, I was removing some alod carpet on the job when  tack strip flew back and hit my face.I got cut pretty bad and my boss drove me to the hospital. My nose is broken and I had to get some stitches. My boss gave me the day off today and he says that I could do light duty estimating work until my stitches are removed. My brother-in-law told me that I could get compensation for my scar. Is that true? Anonymous, Pittston, Pa.

Answer: In Pennsylvania, the Workers Compensation Act awards benefits disfigurement of the head, face or neck that is serious, permanent, unsightly, and not usually incident to the employment. You’ll have to wait and see how you look  after the stitches are removed. If there is a visible scar that is serious, permanent and unsightly, you may be entitled to receive some payment. A Workers Compensation Judge will view scar at a hearing and describe the scar for a written record or hearing transcrip. The Judge has the discretion as to the amount of benefits payable up to a maximum of  275 weeks. The more unsightly the scar, the more benefits awarded.

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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.