A work injury causes major disruption to your life, including wage loss as a result of that injury. The PA workers’ compensation law is set up to pay you for wage loss resulting from your injury; however, you will not receive your full pay in workers compensation benefits. Workers compensation benefits provide a portion of your pre-injury wages.
In this blog, I want to give you some general information about how the amount of your benefits are calculated. Each case is different and there are many factors that can change the benefit calculation. You should consult with a Certified Workers Compensation specialist about your specific case.
If you are unable to work as a result of your work injury, the amount of weekly workers comp benefits you will receive depends on your “average weekly wage” for the full year prior to your injury. The amount of money you actually receive (“compensation rate”) is calculated based upon a complicated formula set up by the state.
Generally speaking, if you were injured in 2019, your weekly compensation rate will be calculated as follows:
• If your average weekly wage prior to your injury is above $1,573.50, then your compensation rate will be $1,049.00. That is the maximum amount any injured worker can receive in benefits for a 2019 injury.
• If your average weekly wage prior to your injury is between $1,573.50 and $786.76, multiply that number by 2/3. The result is your weekly workers compensation benefit rate.
• If your average weekly wage prior to your injury is between $786.75 and $582.78, then your weekly workers comp benefit will be $524.50.
• If your average weekly wage prior to your injury is below $582.78, multiply that number by 0.9 to calculate your weekly compensation rate.
If you are able to return to work, but still earning less than your normal wages as a result of your work injury, you may be entitled to Partial Workers Compensation benefits. Partial benefits are calculated as two-thirds of the difference between your wages prior to the injury and your current wages.
The calculation of your weekly workers compensation benefits can also be impacted by other factors, such as bonuses, periods of layoff, and other employment. To ensure that you are receiving the maximum amount of wage loss benefits to which you are entitled for your work injury, have a Certified Workers Compensation attorney review your claim.
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