When Am I Covered by the Heart and Lung Act?
You are covered by the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act if you are a qualified civic worker, such as a police officer, firefighter or other qualified worker, who has been injured in the line of duty. You will receive workers’ compensation benefits paid through your employer. Your employer will also pay additional monies so you receive your full base salary.
As long as you are a qualified worker and your injury is temporary, you will receive Heart and Lung Act benefits until you are able to return to work. If you have not been permanently injured, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation or other benefits.
When Are You Covered?
While you have time off and are recovering and receiving benefits under the Heart and Lung Act, your employer and their workers’ compensation insurance company will be responsible for your medical costs as well as your base pay. If you need to take sick leave, this will not be counted as time off for the Heart and Lung Act benefits.
Under Heart and Lung Act coverage, your employer is not legally obligated to maintain vacation pay or regular benefits during your time after your work injury. However, many employment agreements keep these benefits active for you.
Do You Have Questions?
Determining how and when you are eligible for Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act coverage can be challenging, especially if your employer is saying you do not qualify for benefits or is trying to delay or deny benefits you feel you are qualified for.
If you have been injured at work, contact KBG Injury Law for legal representation in your Heart and Lung Act claim or workers’ compensation claim. The attorneys at KBG Injury Law can represent you to give you the best chance of securing benefits for your injuries.