Informally known as the ‘Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act’, it refers to the official Enforcement Officer Disability Benefits Law of 1954.
What is the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act?
The law serves to provide wage and medical benefits to police officers, paid fire fighters (not volunteers), and park workers who get temporarily injured in the line of duty. Mostly, the Heart and Lungs Act runs parallel to the PA Workers Comp Act but in some situations can work on its own.
Under this law, injured officers get their full salary without most tax deductions. Therefore, compared to the Comp Act, it is a more generous law for injured police officers and fire fighters.
What benefits does the Heart and Lung Act Provide for Injured Workers?
In terms of benefits provided to the injured officers, the Heart and Lung Act is more generous and superior to the PA Workers’ Comp Act.
For one, public safety officers who get temporarily injured in the line of duty, are entitled to 100% of their salary plus medical benefits under this law. Furthermore, there are almost no applicable PA Heart and Lung Act taxes on the benefits provided under this law.
If you are a law enforcement officer or a state-employed fire fighter, and get injured in the line of service, file for your Heart and Lung benefits today. Call a PA Workers Comp lawyer to get the maximum benefits owed to you by the municipality and the state.
Who is covered by the Heart and Lung Act?
Municipal employees who work for law enforcement agencies or fire fighter departments are eligible for wages and benefits under this law.
An important distinction is that these employees must be salaried and not volunteers.
Another important thing to note is that the Heart and Lung Act of PA only applies to temporary injuries, and not permanent disabilities.
How Is this Act Different from Workers’ Compensation Act?
There are a few distinctions between the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act and Workers’ Compensation Act.
First, only the injuries that are sustained ‘during the performance of duty’ are eligible for Heart and Lung benefits. The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law on the other hand is broader. Whether or not you were actively performing your duty, you are eligible for Comp benefits if you got injured during the ‘course of employment’.
Second, the Workers Comp Act helps employees whether they are temporarily injured or permanently disabled. With the Heart and Lungs Act alone, you cannot claim long-term disability benefits. Therefore, having an experienced counsel helping to evaluate your options is a great advantage when you suffer an injury at work.
Do I need a Lawyer to Claim My Heart and Lung Act Benefits?
While it is not necessary to have a lawyer file your Heart and Lung Act claims on your behalf, the most prudent course of action is to have knowledgeable and experienced counsel helping you take the most favorable decisions.
Since a work-related injury can be a time of great uncertainty and anxiety, there can be a lot of questions that you may be struggling with.
- When should you apply for disability retirement?
- Can I be terminated from PA Heart and Lung Act 534 if my condition is permanent?
- When can I get my accrued personal, sick, and vacation time paid?
- Can I lose my work comp case but win my Act 534 or Heart and Lung case?
To get answers to all these questions and any others related to your injury, call one of the most distinguished Pennsylvania attorney, Michael W. Cardamone, to protect your work and wage rights.
Michael is one of the few Pennsylvania Lawyers who has a grasp of both the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law and Act 534/Heart and Lung law and can guide you forward with the most winnable attitude.