Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Rates for 2017

March 7, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has released the Average Weekly Rate Chart for Workers’ Compensation benefits for 2017. An injured worker could consult this chart and determine how much they might receive for weekly wage loss benefits. These estimates are based on the worker’s average weekly wage earnings. These figures are for workplace injuries that took place after January 1, 2017.

Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, injured workers are entitled to wage-loss benefits equal to two-thirds of their weekly wage for a work-related injury.

A person who suffers an injury at work in 2017, and must miss time at work because of the injury, the following are the wage rates:

  • Workers’ compensation average weekly wages for Pennsylvania in 2017
  • The maximum compensation benefit rate for wage-loss is $995.00 per week. Injured workers whose average weekly wage is $1,492.51 or higher would receive this rate.
  • Injured workers whose average weekly wage is between $746.26 and $1,492.50 per week would receive two-thirds of their weekly wage when they are unable to work because of a work-related injury.
  • An average weekly wage of $552.78 and $746.25 will receive $497.50 regardless of where their income falls within that range.
  • Workers whose average weekly wage is less than $552.77 will receive 90% of their average weekly wage.

The importance of accurate calculation of your average weekly wage for workers’ compensation

One of the many ways in which an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can make sure that your average weekly wage has been calculated accurately. They can make sure that your employer’s insurer has received the most current wage information so that your workers’ compensation rate is as accurate as possible.

Pennsylvania workers’ compensation includes the following benefits:

  • Wage-loss benefits for workers who are totally disabled or partially disabled from a work injury and unable to earn as much as you did before your injury.
  • Medical expenses related to the employment-related injury including hospitalization, any required orthopedic appliances, and prostheses.
  • Specific loss benefits for the permanent loss of the use of a finger, hand, arm, leg, foot, vision, hearing or scarring or disfigurement on your face, head or neck from a work-related injury, the injured worker might be entitled to a lump sum payment.
  • Death benefits paid to surviving dependents when an employee dies in a workplace accident.

Additionally, a worker might qualify for total disability benefits if they become completely disabled and unable to work, or partial disability benefits for a maximum of 500 weeks for workers who can return to work, but at a lower paying job due to disabilities from the injury.

Getting injured at work can really disrupt your life. If you are involved with a dispute about your workers’ compensation benefits, you are welcome to consult with one of our experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys at Larry Pitt & Associates. We fight for fair compensation on your behalf when you have suffered a workplace injury or an occupational disease at work. Please call 888.PITT.LAW or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment to discuss your case today. We proudly serve clients throughout Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.

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