Q: I was recently injured at work and I'm collecting PA workers' compensation benefits. I'm getting $466.00 per week but I don't know why. How did they get that number?
The workers' compensation insurance company uses various formulas to calculate the compensation rate depending upon the type of employment and the duration an injured worker was with the employer. After the Average Weekly Wage is calculated, a corresponding compensation rate, or TTD rate is calculated. If you were injured in 2014 and your Average Weekly Wage is less than $517.77, your compensation rate will be 90% of your Average Weekly Wage. If your Average Weekly Wage is between $517.78 and $699.00, your compensation rate will be $466.00. If your Average Weekly Wage is between $699.01 and $1398.00, your compensation rate will be 2/3 of your Average Weekly Wage. If your Average Weekly Wage is above $1398.00, you will reach the statewide maximum workers' compensation rate of $932.00. The insurance company should present a Statement of Wages to you explaining how they arrived at the Average Weekly Wage and corresponding compensation rate.
It's important to keep in mind that the insurance company often calculates these figures incorrectly so it's always worth checking with an attorney to determine if your getting everything you deserve. Reach out to the experienced team at Schmidt Kramer if you are dealing with a Pennsylvania workers' compensation injury in Dauphin, Cumberland, York, or Berks County.