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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation laws are complex. Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at E.S. Borjeson & Associates provide clients with answers to basic questions about work injury and death cases. Please review our frequently asked questions about Workers’ Compensation Law and contact us with additional questions or to discuss your case.

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How much will my lost wage benefit be?

A:

Your pre-injury average weekly wage is determined using a formula. The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation rate schedule provides a benefit amount based on your pre-injury average. There is a maximum amount of weekly benefits you can receive.

E.S. Borjeson & Associates can estimate your lost wages benefit. Contact us to discuss your case.

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How long will I be paid benefits for lost wages?

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You are entitled to wage loss benefits for as long as you are totally disabled due to a work injury. If a work injury partially disables you, you can receive partial disability benefits for up to 500 weeks, unless you make a complete recovery first.

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What is an Impairment Rating Evaluation?

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Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act permits your employer or its workers' compensation insurer to have you evaluated after you have received 104 weeks of workers comp benefits. The employer may use the IRE to limit the number of weeks that it must pay you wage loss benefits.

E.S. Borjeson & Associates can protect your interests if you are subjected to an Impairment Rating Evaluation.

Q:

Can I see my own doctor?

A:

By law, your employer must provide a list of approved medical providers for you to choose from. You must obtain medical treatment from someone on that list for the first 90 days. Your employer and its insurer cannot dictate which doctor you see, nor can they discuss your treatment or dictate a course of treatment with that physician.

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What are workers compensation death benefits?

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If you die from a work-related injury within 300 weeks, your spouse, children, parents, brothers, and sisters are entitled to burial expenses and weekly death benefits.

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If I am exposed to chemicals or toxic substances a work, can I obtain workers comp benefits?

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Yes, if you suffer an injury, disease, or illnesses due to your exposure to chemicals or fumes in the workplace, you are covered.

Q:

Can I receive workers compensation benefits for a pre-existing condition?

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Yes, if your pre-existing condition was aggravated by, accelerated by or became symptomatic because of your work injury.