Generally, workers’ compensation provides benefits to pay an injured worker lost wages during the period he or she is unable to work due to a work injury. However, workers’ compensation benefits do not pay the injured worker the full amount of his regular weekly earnings. Rather, depending on the injured worker’s average weekly wage (AWW), workers’ compensation benefits generally only provide between 66 % and 90 % of the injured worker’s AWW. Thus, while collecting worker’s compensation benefits, the injured worker is still suffering a wage loss. However, if the injured worker’s injuries were suffered in a motor vehicle accident, the injured worker may recover any wage loss he suffers beyond his workers’ compensation benefits from the first party wage loss benefits he maintains on his own auto insurance policy. Not all auto insurance policies include first party wage loss coverage. If were injured in a work-related motor vehicle accident and you are suffering a wage loss even though your are receiving weekly workers’ compensation benefits, you should check your auto insurance declarations to see if you maintain first party wage loss coverage. If you do, you may be able to obtain first party wage loss benefits under your own auto insurance policy while you are collecting workers’ compensation benefits to fully replace your lost wages while you remain unable to work due to your work-related injuries.
Dougherty, Leventhal & Price, L.L.P. (DLP) represents seriously injured and catastrophically injured victims of auto accidents, bus accidents, SUV accidents, snowmobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accident and tractor trailer accidents (including work accidents) throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, including the Counties of Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Wayne, Wyoming, Sullivan, Montour, Lycoming, Schuylkill, Tioga, Bradford, Susquehanna, Northampton, Carbon and Columbia. These accidents often occur on the interstate corridors and state highways that run through Northeastern Pennsylvania, including I-81, I-80, I-380, I-84, I-180, SR 61, the Casey Highway, the I-80 Corridor and the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Some of the representative municipalities in Northeastern Pennsylvania where these accidents occur include Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Honesdale, Hazleton, Moosic, Dunmore, Old Forge, Williamsport, Tunkhannock, Towanda, Stroudsburg, Bethleham, Berwick, Bloomsburg, Pottsville, Kingston, Milford, Mansfield and Wellsboro. We at DLP represent serious and catastrophically injured victims of truck accidents, tractor trailer accidents, bus accidents, motorcycle accidents, automobile accidents and SUV accidents to get them the money and justice they deserve to compensate them for their injuries and damages. If you are involved in an accident anywhere in Northeastern Pennsylvania, call an attorney at DLP as soon as possible after the accident for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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