In virtually every state, including Pennsylvania, you may collect monetary compensation for work injuries resulting in "specific losses", such as the loss of a limb or eye, for which you may collect only the benefits set forth in a schedule. These benefits are different from the normal situation in which you suffer a work-related injury and receive wage replacement benefits during the time that you are unable to work because of the injury.
Scheduled specific loss benefits are the earliest form of monetary compensation provided to injured workers. The earliest recorded description of a workers' compensation law dates to the year 2050 B.C. when Ur – Nammu, the King of the city-state of Ur, passed a law that provided monetary compensation for injuries to worker's body parts, including fractures. Hammurabi's code contained a similar set of provisions. Virtually every ancient culture passed laws that provided compensation schedules of this type. The specific loss provisions of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, therefore, have roots in laws passed 4,000 years ago.