What happens if I recover enough from my work injury to be able to return to some type of employment?

Once you are disabled as a result of a work injury, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act presumes that you remain totally disabled from all forms of employment unless or until your employer offers you employment that is consistent with your medical restrictions or the employer legally establishes that you are partially disabled.

If you are released to return to work after you have suffered a work injury, it is essential that you speak with your physician about whether you have any activity restrictions. If there are restrictions that have been placed on you because of your work injury, you may be entitled to receive partial disability. Partial disability benefits are equal to two thirds of the difference between your pre-injury average weekly wage and your return to work wages, up to a maximum of 500 weeks.