Establishing Your Average Weekly Wage
Under the Workers’ Compensation Act, you are entitled to wage-loss benefits equal to two-thirds of your weekly wage for a work-related injury. Your average weekly wage (AWW) is calculated on the date of your work-related injury. Your AWW is the sum total of all gross wages (before taxes) from every employer that you worked for at the time of your injury, including overtime, bonuses, tips (if reported to the IRS), board, lodging, sick pay and vacation pay. It is important to make sure that your AWW calculation is made correctly because your weekly benefit amount is based solely on your AWW, and the benefit amount never changes.
Worker’s compensation insurance carriers are notorious for miscalculating injured workers’ AWWs. The law gives you an opportunity to argue for a higher AWW calculation in your claim. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney will make sure your AWW is correct.
A few dollars more per week in your AWW calculation could result in a substantial amount of money over time. Contact us at Banks Law to ensure that you get all the money you deserve.