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Helpful Workers’ Compensation Terms in Pennsylvania

Filing a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim can sometimes seem like learning a new language. There are many nuances and specifics that are involved with the process that can be difficult to navigate on your own. Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys have compiled a list of some common workers’ compensation terms to assist our clients and injured individuals in the Philadelphia area. Workers’ compensation can vary by jurisdiction; however, these terms are often widely relatable across states and regions.

  • Average Daily Wage (ADW): Sometimes used to determine wage benefits, this is a calculation that averages workers’ daily earnings to help determine benefits. Similarly, Average Weekly Wage (AWW) is the same calculation using workers’ weekly earnings.
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE): Tests that help to determine capability to work and participate in daily living and leisure activities.
  • Independent Medical Examination (IME): Objective examination of the injured employee by a physician. The physician is most often referred by an employer or the insurance company.
  • Permanent Partial or Total Disability: Two types of benefits that can be paid out to an injured worker. They can either be for an individual who has sustained a permanent, but not complete, disability (partial); or permanently and totally disabled (total).
  • Temporary Disability: A set of benefits that can be awarded to individual employees who may or may not be able to work over a short period of time. Long-term disability benefits are also available through Social Security Disability benefits.


In the event you have been injured at work, contacting an attorney immediately can only serve to help your cause. The experienced legal team at Mednick, Mezyk & Kredo is here to speak with you and review your case with no obligation to go any further. For a free case evaluation, call us today at 888-807-WORK (9675).