A: Under Pennsylvania law, workers who sustain severe scarring or disfigurement may obtain a benefit known as specific loss benefits. These benefits are in addition to any disability wage loss payments and medical payments.
However, the scars must be visible, permanent and must be on the face, head or neck. In many instances, a workers’ compensation judge and eventually the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board will need to see the actual disfigurement/scarring to determine if it is visible enough to warrant the specific loss benefits.
For more information, read about specific loss benefits for scarring and disfigurement under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law.
In addition, some injured workers may recover in cases which are separate from the workers’ compensation claim. Parties other than an employer may be liable for the accident and the injured worker may have a tort recovery. Each case must be thoroughly evaluated by a knowledgeable, experienced Pennsylvania workplace accident and workers’ compensation lawyer.
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Published: June 24, 2012