When Are Wage-Loss Payments Made?

January 08, 2018

When you are injured and out of work, do you know when you should start receiving wage-loss payments for lost work time? Learn the answer to this important workers' compensation question before you sustain a work injury!


You must be disabled more than seven calendar days (including weekends) before workers’ compensation payments for disability are payable. Benefits for time lost from work are payable on the eighth day after injury. Once you have been off work 14 days, you receive retroactive payment for the first seven days.

If you report the injury promptly, miss more than seven days of work and your claim is accepted by the insurance carrier, you should receive your first compensation check within 21 days of your absence from work. After that, you will receive a check on a regular basis.

Payments of temporary compensation may be made by your employer or the insurance carrier for up to 90 days even if your claim is not accepted by your employer or its insurance carrier. If your employer or the company's insurance carrier advises you that it will not continue your temporary compensation checks past 90 days, or if they deny your claim, you have the right to file a claim petition if you believe you are entitled to benefits. 
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry