Yes. Under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, injured workers are entited to a specific loss award for both the loss of an appendage -- amputation of the appendage -- or the loss of use of the body part "for all practical intents and purposes." The amount of the benefit payable for the specific loss is calculated the same was as an injured workers' weekly total disability payment is calculated. Body parts have their own unique value which is represented by the payment of a number off weeks of compensation. For example, each finger, as well as the thumb, has its own award amount. Each body part also provides for a "healing period" and, provided that the injured worker doesn not return to work prior to the number of weeks provided for the "healing period," the worker will receive the assigned number of "healing" weeks of benefits in addition to the specific loss award.
If you or a loved one have suffered a specific loss, or other type of work injury – contact Norfleet and Lafferty to speak with our Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyers today. Our Central Pennsylvania workers compensation attorneys in Harrisburg, York and Lemoyne will answer all of your questions and lead you through the complex workers’ compensation process. Call (717) 737-7574 or fill out our case evaluation form.