Who Is Covered by the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act?
Most workers in Pennsylvania are covered by workers’ compensation. In the event of a workplace injury or illness, workers can seek workers’ compensation benefits, which typically secures two-thirds of their average weekly earnings and medical benefits. However, some workers face added dangers on the job. In particular, civic workers face additional challenges and risks. In fact, firefighters and other such workers must often move toward danger as part of their work duties in order to keep other people safe.
In recognition of this fact, the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act offers additional benefits to civic employees injured in the line of duty.
Unlike workers’ compensation, the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act offers benefits totaling the full amount of a regular salary (not including overtime or other jobs). Benefits from the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act are tax-free. The aim of the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act is to ensure civic workers such as police officers, firefighters and others can do their job without having to worry about on-the-job injuries.
Determining Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act Eligibility
Only some civic workers are covered under the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act. These include:
- Police officers (including state and local officers)
- Drug enforcement officers
- Special agents of the Office of Attorney General
- Sheriffs and Sheriff Deputies
- Corrections officers
- Psychiatric aides and other workers with the Department of Public Welfare
- Park guards
- Enforcement officers and investigators working for the Board of Probation and Parole or the Liquor Control Board
Any workers in these positions who are injured in the line of duty or while performing duties in an official capacity are eligible for Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act benefits, even if their workplace injury does not affect the heart or lungs specifically.
Only these workers are covered by the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act. Other workers are covered by workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania. If you feel you meet the requirements for Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act benefits but are having trouble securing benefits, contact KBG Injury Law for a consultation.