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Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp Specific Loss Payments Depend on the Injury

Posted On Behalf of Schmidt Kramer Injury Lawyers on Jan 16, 2013 in Workers' Compensation

When a Pennsylvania worker is injured on the job and suffers amputation or loss of use of a specific body part, the injury is covered by workers’ compensation. When the injury affects the loss of use of certain body parts or disfigurement to the neck, head or face, Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law provides specific loss benefits to compensate workers for their injuries. These specific loss benefits can be paid even if the worker does not lose any work time.

The following are the body parts covered by specific loss benefits as well as the number of weeks in which these benefits are paid:

  • Hand – 335 weeks
  • Forearm – 370 weeks
  • Arm – 410 weeks
  • Foot  – 250 weeks
  • Lower Leg– 350 weeks
  • Leg– 410 weeks
  • Eye – 275 weeks
  • Thumb – 100 weeks
  • Index Finger – 50 weeks
  • Middle Finger – 40 weeks
  • Ring Finger – 30 weeks
  • Little Finger – 28 weeks
  • One half of thumb or finger – half of the full award
  • Big Toe – 40 weeks
  • Other Toes – 16 weeks
  • One half of any toe – half of the full award
  • Ear (total hearing loss in both ears) – 260 weeks
  • Ear (total hearing loss in one ear) – 60 weeks
  • Ear (partial hearing loss in both ears) – multiply hearing impairment percentage by 260 weeks
  • Ear (partial hearing loss in one ear) – multiply hearing impairment percentage by 60 weeks
  • Disfigurement of the head, neck or face – Up to 275 weeks

A work-related accident that causes amputation or permanent loss of function of a body part is a life-altering event with lasting physical, emotional and financial ramifications. If you have been critically injured at work, it is in your best interest to retain the skills of an experienced Harrisburg workers’ compensation attorney at Schmidt Kramer. Our attorneys have a great deal of expertise in the area of workers’ compensation and can help you to get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 888-476-0807. We will review your case for free and help you to understand your legal options. You may also wish to download a free copy of our book Who Pays the Bills When You Are Injured at Work? for more information.