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Legal documents and hearings with judges can be riddled with confusing terms for many people. There are a few key terms that we want you to understand during your workers’ compensation claim.

1. Employee – any person who performs services for another for valuable consideration (money). It doesn’t matter if your job is full-time, part-time or seasonal.

2. Occupational illness – an illness or disease that was caused or worsened by your employment. If you develop carpal tunnel as a result of your job or if you’ve had a condition like asthma that is worsened from your job, you have an occupational illness.

3. Notice – informing your employer that you’ve been injured on the job. We suggest you report your injury immediately to your employer in writing.

4. Average weekly wage (AWW) – the total of your gross wages from every employer (before taxes) at the time of your injury. Insurance carriers and employers use this figure to determine the amount of workers’ compensation benefits you are to be paid.

5. Settlement – agreeing to a lump sum of money rather than weekly or bi-weekly workers’ compensation benefits. If you’ve been out of work for more than four months because of a work injury and are receiving workers’ compensation, you may be able to settle your case for a lump sum.

Many of the terms used during the course of a workers’ compensation case can be difficult to understand. That’s why it’s extremely important to have an experienced Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyer on your side. Contact us today to speak with one of our lawyers.

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