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Stroudsburg Workers’ Compensation: Specific Loss Benefits

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If you have been permanently injured or disfigured due to a work accident in Stroudsburg, you need to know your rights. While general workers’ compensation benefits cover medical treatment expenses and loss of wages due to missed work, there is a benefit available to injured workers, regardless if they are able to return to work quickly or not.

These benefits known as specific loss payments are your safety net for when you suffer from the loss of a body part such as the loss of a limb or finger if your workplace accident has led to permanent loss of vision or hearing or permanent disfigurement.

You may be eligible for these payments even if the injured or lost body part is not necessary to work function. Our Stroudsburg workers’ compensation lawyer can advise you on the best way to win the maximum amount of specific loss payments available to you for your injury. Call Munley Law today or use the contact form to schedule your free case evaluation.

What Are Some Common Workplace Accidents Leading to Permanent Injury or Loss?

Specific loss injuries can occur in any industry. Some of the most common causes of permanent disfigurement are accidents caused by:

  • Construction site accidents such as falls from scaffolding or ladders or having a body part caught between two objects
  • Warehouse accidents such as forklift accidents, conveyer belt incidents, improper lock-out procedures on equipment, and more
  • Restaurant and hospitality accidents with kitchen equipment such as food slicers and grinders
  • Permanent injuries can occur in any workplace and your benefits are not reliant on your healing period nor when you return to work

Munley Law has been representing Stroudsburg workers for more than 60 years. If you have lost a limb or suffered permanent vision or hearing loss or disfigurement, we will fight for you to receive your maximum allowed benefits.

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How Much Do Specific Loss Benefits Pay?

Specific loss benefits are distributed as two-thirds of your average weekly wage multiplied by a given number of weeks, depending on the injury. Benefits vary according to the type and extent of the injury.  As outlined in the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act, payments for specific loss are as follows:

  • Loss of a hand: 335 weeks of payments
  • Loss of a thumb: 100 weeks
  • Loss of an eye: 275 weeks
  • Loss of a foot: 250 weeks
  • Loss of a leg: 410 weeks
  • Permanent loss of hearing in both ears: 260 weeks

This is only a partial list of compensable losses. To find out what you are entitled to, contact a Stroudsburg workers’ compensation attorney.

Can I collect specific loss benefits along with workers’ compensation?

Although it varies from case to case, the simple answer is yes, if your permanent scarring or loss of a limb, vision, hearing, or other body part results in your inability to work, you can collect both workers’ compensation for your lost wages and medical care AND specific loss payments to compensate you for your loss of limb.

Injured workers in Stroudsburg have state-mandated rights under Pennsylvania law. Munley attorneys know workers’ compensation law. If you have suffered a permanent workplace injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss. We are determined to help you receive the maximum amount of compensation payable to you.

Call Munley today for a free case evaluation.

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