How to Calculate Your Weekly Worker's Compensation Income Benefits

If you have been injured on the job in Georgia, and are receiving workers’ compensation benefits, it’s important to verify that your weekly compensation rate is accurate.  The value of your workers’ compensation claim is directly related to your weekly compensation rate.

Your compensation rate per week should be 2/3 of your “average weekly wage.”  There are three methods to compute your average weekly wage.  First, if you have worked thirteen (13_ weeks previous to the injury, then the employer should use the average wage for those weeks.  If you have not worked the substantial whole of thirteen (13) weeks, then the employer should next use the average weekly wage of a similar employee.  If there is no similar employee, then the employer should use your hourly rate based on the hours per week you were contracted or hired to work.

I cannot stress enough the importance of verifying that your compensation rate is accurate.  The value of your workers’ compensation claim is dependent upon your compensation rate.  For accidents occurring after July 1, 2013, the maximum temporary total disability rate in Georgia is $525.00, and the minimum weekly benefit is $50.00.  These benefits are generally not subject to federal income tax.

If you have been injured on the job and wish for a free consultation and case evaluation so that we can verify that your compensation rate is correct, contact me today.