Q: Still working after injury. Must I use accrued PTO for WorkersComp Dr. appointments? Will WorkersComp reimburse my PTO?
I am still able to work after suffering a work related injury. However, medical visits/therapy are necessary. Unfortunately, these appointments are only available during working hours. My employer is forcing me to use my accrued PTO for this time. This seems unfair to me, unless I am able to be reimbursed for my time via Workers Comp.
A: If you are not able to schedule your doctor’s appointment before or after work and you have an accepted Pa Workers’ Compensation Claim, then your employer would need to pay you Partial Wage Loss Benefits for the time you miss from work due to your attending the appointments. You should be able to receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits rather than using your PTO each time you miss work to treat for your work injury. It is best to consult with Pa Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Attorney. The facts of each case are different and the results will vary from case to case. Best of luck to you.
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A: I agree with Mr. Palutis. The key is whether the treatment at issue is available outside of work hours. If so, workers’ compensation benefits would not be available for a loss in wages due to getting this treatment. Physical therapy, for example, can be an issue in this regard. However, if the treatment is not available outside work hours, then, assuming your claim is accepted, you should be entitled to partial disability workers’ compensation benefits for your wage loss. An appointment with your specialist would be an example of this. I would suggest you consult with an attorney certified as a specialist in workers compensation law to be sure of your rights.
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