When you suffer an injury at work, it is stressful and unsettling. You may be concerned about your future income if your injury has left you unable to work. It is important to understand that there are options out there. Your workplace injury may entitle you to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Some people may be entitled to select “Heart and Lung Act” benefits instead of workers’ compensation. Still others may be allowed by the law both to obtain Heart and Lung benefits and also an award of damages from a civil lawsuit. Each different avenue for getting the financial recovery you need will depend on the specific facts of your case. Make sure you know what all of your options are by talking to an experienced Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney.
One example of how this works was the case of E.T. E.T. was a police officer for the City of Philadelphia. While on duty one day in May 2009, she suffered serious injuries in a vehicle accident. The employee accepted what’s known as “Heart and Lung Act” benefits in lieu of workers’ compensation benefits. The employer paid her almost $15,800 in Heart and Lung salary continuance benefits and an additional $8,300 in medical benefits.
Along the way, E.T. decided to sue the people responsible for the auto accident that injured her. The case went to arbitration and the arbitrator awarded E.T. $71,000 in damages. After E.T. won her arbitration, her employer went back to the workers’ compensation judge and asked for reimbursement.