Many Pennsylvania workers will suffer a work-related injury or illness at some point in their career. As a result, they will need to take advantage of the workers’ compensation insurance carried by their employer. The insurance pays medical and wage loss expenses for an injured employee who is unable to work.
When a worker is totally disabled and unable to work, the income loss benefit takes effect. It is calculated as two-thirds of the pre-injury average weekly wage up to a maximum amount. The maximum is the state average weekly wage, determined by the state of Pennsylvania.
The maximum workers’ compensation rate changes every year on January 1 to equal the state average weekly rate. This new maximum rate only applies to work-related injuries and illnesses that occur on or after the date upon which the rate takes effect. There is no provision for cost of living increases for workers’ compensation income loss benefits. Previous claims are unaffected by an increase in the workers’ compensation rate.
The following list reflects the state average weekly wage—the maximum workers’ compensation income loss benefit—for the last five years:
- 2007 – $779.00
- 2008 – $807.00
- 2009 – $836.00
- 2010 – $845.00
- 2011 – $858.00
- 2012 – $888.00
At Schmidt Kramer, we are committed to helping you obtain the maximum benefits you deserve for any injury or occupational illness. If you have been denied workers’ compensation benefits and need assistance with the appeals process, contact a Carlisle workers’ compensation attorney. Call us today at (717) 888-8888 for a free case review. You may wish to download our book Who Pays the Bills When You Are Injured at Work? for additional information.