Q: I was injured at work and had surgery the doctor released me for light-duty only. I was told I had to go to physical
therapy. I was told that the time would have to be taken out of my lunch or off the clock is this true?
If the physical therapy facility is open either before or after your normal working hours, you would not be entitled to any lost wages or Partial Disability Benefits for seeking treatment during normal working hours. If, however, the physical therapy facility is only open during the same hours of your Employment, and you miss time from work to attend physical therapy sessions, then, and only then, would you be compensated for lost time.
It is my recommendation that if you are not currently represented by Counsel, that you contact an Attorney who is a Certified Specialist in Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Law for an Initial Consultation. The Initial Consultation would be free of charge and most Attorneys will accept your case on a Contingent Fee Basis.
Timothy Belt agrees with this answer
A: If the treatment is available outside of your regular working hours, you are required to schedule accordingly; however if the treatment is not available outside of working hours, you can still attend and you would be potentially entitled to wage loss benefits through workers' compensation. The workers' compensation carrier is unlikely to pay voluntarily, so you may want to contact a local lawyer to assist you with this claim.
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