Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania

Q: Does worker's comp pay lost wages for attending physical therapy during work hours?

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Alexander Palutis

  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Most times, it is preferred by workers’ compensation insurance companies that you attend P.T. during non-work hours. However, if your circumstances are such that this is not possible, then arguably you are entitled to seek partial disability benefits for the wages lost during a week where you are not paid by the employer due to your attending P.T. during the work day. These situations are very fact specific. It is recommended that you consult with a Pa. Workers’ Compenstion Law Specialist to discuss the specific circumstances of your situation.

Timothy Belt agrees with this answer

Richard Alan Jaffe

  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Assuming that your Workers Compensation Claim has been accepted by the Workers Compensation Carrier and you would otherwise be entitled to Wage Loss Benefits, as opposed to merely accepting a "Medical Only" Claim the answer to your question will depend upon whether, or not, the physical therapy facility where you are treating is open either before or after your normal working hours. If the physical therapy facility is only open during your normal working hours, then your Employer would be required to pay wage loss benefits. If, however, you would be able to attend physical therapy sessions either before or after your shift, by attending physical therapy during your normal working hours, the Workers Compensation Carrier would not be required to pay wage loss benefits.

It is my recommendation that you contact an Attorney who is a Certified Specialist in Pennsylvania workers Compensation Law to discuss your rights and remedies. The Initial Consultation would be Free of Charge and most Attorneys will accept your Claim on a Contingent Fee Basis.

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