Q: Does a new year mean that my workers' compensation weekly benefits increase to account for increased costs of living?
Many injured workers think their weekly benefits increase as time goes on to account for changes in costs of living. Unfortunately this is not the case. Your workers' compensation wage loss benefits in PA are calculated as of the date of injury. They do not increase for inflation, costs of living, or any other reason simply by virtue of you being on workers' compensation for a longer period of time.
For this reason, it's especially important to make sure you are getting every time you are owed. In many cases, the workers' comp insurance company may have incorrectly calculated your benefit rate. There are petitions to be filed if you think this is the case. If you think your Average Weekly Wage or compensation rate have been incorrectly calculated, reach out immediately.
This happened to a past client of Schmidt Kramer and she was happy she reached out: Read more about her story here.