Question: How does the insurance company figure out how much to pay me when I am out on workers compensation leave?
Answer: In workers compensation claims you will hear two terms being used often. The first term is Average Weekly Wage and the second term is Compensation Rate. An average weekly wage is calculated by taking your gross wages earned during the 52 weeks immediately prior to the injury and dividing by 52. The Compensation Rate is 66 2/3% of your average weekly wage. For example, if your average weekly wage is $300.00, your compensation rate would be $200.00. You would receive a check every seven days in the amount of $200.00 as long as you meet the criteria for receiving wage loss benefits.
Question: What happens if I did not work for 52 weeks before I got hurt?
Answer: Your average weekly wage is determined by dividing the earnings by the number of weeks worked.
Question: Why is workers compensation benefits so much less than my regular pay?
Answer: It may seem less, but keep in mind this is non-taxable income which accounts for the lesser dollar amount.
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