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Calculating Your Workers’ Compensation Wage Benefits

Calculating Your Workers’ Compensation Wage Benefits

How much that you are paid for a workers’ compensation wage benefits per week differs from your average weekly wage (AWW). Your AWW is the amount you would be paid if you continued to have the same position that you had when the injury occurred. The Workers’ Compensation Board considers your AWW as well as the extent of your disability as a result of the work injury when deciding the amount of workers’ compensation wage benefits.

How Much in Wage Benefits Should I Expect?

If you are completely disabled, then workers’ compensation will be able to pay you at least two-thirds of your AWW up to a maximum amount. This maximum limit depends on when your injury occurred, to comply with current workers’ compensation laws.

How do I Calculate My Wage Benefits?

To calculate what your weekly benefits through workers’ compensation will be, first take your AWW and divide it by two-thirds to find your maximum wage amount. Then, multiply the maximum weekly wage amount by the percentage of disability that your doctor provided you during your previous visit. For example, if your AWW is $600, then two-thirds of that amount, or your maximum weekly wage amount, would be $400. $400 is also your weekly wage amount if you were 100% disabled according to your doctor. If your doctor informs you that your condition has improved and you’re only 50% disabled, then your wage benefits would adjust accordingly. You would then have to multiply your current weekly wage amount, $400, by 50%. Now, you’re weekly wage benefit would be $200.

The amount you receive in wage benefits will usually change over time, depending on how disabled your doctor determines you are after a routine visit. However, your maximum in wage benefits allotted to you will stay the same. Your wages that you receive from workers’ compensation will not surpass that amount.