Does Workers’ Compensation Pay for Lost Wages?March 28, 2023
After getting hurt on the job, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. These benefits include recovery of some of your lost wages. The exact amount you are eligible to receive will depend upon a number of factors, including how much you make per week and the maximum weekly Workers’ Compensation allowed by your state.
It can be confusing to calculate how much you can expect to receive after being injured in a workplace accident. Contacting a lawyer who handles Workers’ Compensation cases can be helpful.
Although every state sets its own rules regarding Workers’ Compensation, the majority, including Pennsylvania, follows a two-thirds rule; Workers’ Compensation benefits will typically pay two-thirds of an injured worker’s weekly salary. This will continue as long as the worker requires Workers’ Compensation up to a maximum number of weeks, depending on the severity of the injury and other circumstances. For example, someone who is permanently disabled due to a catastrophic workplace injury may receive Workers’ Compensation benefits for a lifetime.
The two-thirds rule typically works for people making an average salary. This may be different for those making a low or high salary, which will be adjusted according to maximum and minimum levels. For instance, in Pennsylvania, you can earn 90 percent of your average weekly wages if you make less than a specific threshold. The threshold changes annually and is set at the government level.
How Do I Know if I am Getting the Right Amount of Benefits?
Some tips for ensuring that your Workers’ Compensation wage benefits have been accurately calculated include:
- Weekly salary calculations. Remember that you may be eligible for 90 percent, a flat rate, or two-thirds of your average weekly wages if you are injured while working for a Pennsylvania employer.
- Ensure that all of your Workers’ Compensation claim information is correct. The Workers’ Compensation benefits you receive will be based on the information you and your employer provide. This includes when your accident took place and your wages.
- Talk with a Workers’ Compensation lawyer. The Workers’ Compensation process can be complex. In some cases, your claim may be denied. Speaking with a lawyer can be beneficial.
Delaware County Work Injury Lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Can Help You Understand Your Rights
Do you feel your Workers’ Compensation benefits are insufficient or have been incorrectly calculated? Contact our Delaware County work injury lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello. For more information, call us at 610-892-4940 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation. We are located in Media, Pennsylvania, and we serve clients in Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster, Montgomery County, Norristown, Philadelphia, Reading, and West Chester.