In Pa., if you suffer an injury or episode at work that results in scarring or disfigurement of the head, face or neck, you may be entitled to payment of monetary benefits. The scarring must be serious, permanent, unsightly, and not usually incident to the employment. For purposes of assessing the value of the scar, the neck ends at the junction of the clavicle, scapula, and sternum. A Workers Compensation Judge will view your scar at a hearing and the scar will be measured and described on the record. The Judge then will palce a value on the scar in terms of weeks that benefits are payable. Once the Judge makes this determination, the number of weeks will be multiplied by the workers average weekly earnings at the time of the incident that gives rise to the scarring. If the claimant fails to establish that the scarring was serious, permanent, unsightly, and not usually incident to the employment, then no benefits will be awarded. If the claimant does meet this burden of proof, then the Judge will asses the benefit weeks payable up to a maximum of 275 weeks.
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