In Pennsylvania, workers compensation benefits are payable for amputation or permanent loss of function of a body part. The number of weeks payable for each type of loss is set forth in the Workers Compensation Act. For example, the loss of use or amputation of a hand affords payment of 335 weeks of benefits plus a 20 week healing period. The loss of a leg- 410 weeks plus 25 weeks; the loss of a thumb- 100 weeks plus 10 weeks. Generally, specific loss is the sole remedy unless claimant suffers an injury or disability that is separate and distinct from the injury giving rise to the specific loss injury.
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