For many workers in Pennsylvania, the prospect of being kept off work for a prolonged period as the consequence of an injury is a daunting one. It can be hard enough to cover medical bills, without the worry of decreased income. The loss of wages resulting from missed work can even make it difficult to keep on top of daily living expenses, leaving you and your family seriously out of pocket. Fortunately, compensation laws mean that you may be entitled to some support during your recovery.
Workers' compensation aims to ensure that employees who sustain injuries in the course of their duties still have a source of income throughout their recovery. A successful claim may not only allow you to recover some of your lost wages, but could even lead to further benefits. For example, you could receive some assistance with your medical bills.
There are also other forms of support that may be available to you if you have suffered an injury at work. One of these is vocational rehabilitation. This comes into effect if your injuries leave you unable to return to your previous job. Often, it takes the form of a partial income which is intended to facilitate your search for other work.
However, you may find that your employer is able to modify your previous position to accommodate your injuries or even offer you another job. If so, as this article on employee rights explains, this may take the place of vocational rehabilitation.
Whatever the case, if you have been injured as a result of doing your job or participating in work-related activities, you may find the support and guidance of an attorney to be invaluable. He or she can explain your rights and may be able to guide you through the process of making a claim.