Can you receive Workers’ Compensation benefits for scarring?

Kevin from Throop asks, “Can you receive Workers’ Compensation benefits for scarring?” The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act provides money for disfigurement if the scar appears on your face or on your neck. Unfortunately, other types of scarring, which often can be the source of embarrassment, such as scarring on your arm, legs or stomach, is not compensable. Regardless of whether the scarring is compensable, the workers’ compensation insurance carrier is responsible for all reasonable and necessary medical treatment, which can include treatment with a plastic surgeon in order to reduce the severity of the scarring. If you have sustained a work-related disfigurement, you should consult with an attorney so you fully understand your legal rights and what may be compensable to you.

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