When workers are injured on the job in Pennsylvania, they are often entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Some workers, however, may be entitled to benefits under the Heart and Lung Act. The Heart and Lung Act recognizes that some workers in the state take larger risks to help other Pennsylvania residents stay safe. Firefighters and police officers, for example, risk their lives in the line of duty. The Heart and Lung Act exists to help these types of individuals get full wages for temporary injuries sustained on the job.
If you have been injured on the job and qualify under the Heart and Lung Act, you may be able to get your full salary — tax free — as you heal from your injuries.
Do I Qualify?
Under the Heart and Lung Act, you may qualify if you are a:
- Parole agent
- Fire fighter
- Police officer
- Park guard
- Sheriff or deputy sheriff
- Liquor Control Board Investigator or Enforcement Officer
- Psychiatric security aide working for the Department of Corrections or the Department of Public Welfare
- Correction employees with Principal Duties of Care, Custody & Control of Inmates
- Drug enforcement agent
- Special Agent of the Office of Attorney General
- Member of the Delaware River Port Authority Police
Are You Qualified for Full Wages Under the Heart and Lung Act?
In order to qualify, you must have sustained an injury while performing work related to your official duties. Your injury must be temporary, not permanent. Your injury must also keep you from the essential functions of your work.
What happens if there is disagreement about your injuries? For example, what happens if your employer claims the injury did not happen during official duties and denies your Heart and Lung benefits? Or, what should you do if you are receiving Heart and Lung benefits and your employer tries to stop your benefits? The attorneys at KBG Injury Law can answer these questions as well as others that you might have.
Have You Been Injured?
The attorneys at KBG Injury Law believe that if you have been injured in the line of duty, you deserve support and compensation. Our attorneys aggressively represent injured workers who qualify for full wages under the Heart and Lung Act. Our attorneys have successfully helped clients secure workers’ compensation benefits, Social Security benefits, and full salaries under the Heart and Lung Act. We understand what it takes to prove your injury and eligibility, and we work until you get the support you need to start healing. If you are worried about benefits or bills after your on-the-job injury, contact KBG Injury Law for a personalized evaluation of your situation.