Effective January 1, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry released the new compensation rates for injured workers who are out of work because of the work injury. Each year the Department adjusts compensation rates. Here are the new rates. These rates only apply if you were actually injured in 2014.
If your average weekly wage is $517.77 or less, then you are entitled to 90% of your average weekly wage as wage loss benefits. The maximum increase to $517.77 from $509.43 in 2013.
If your average weekly wage is between $517.78 and $699.00, then your weekly compensation rate will be $466.00. That is an increase from $458.50 in 2013.
If your average weekly wage is between $699.01 and $1398/.00, then you are entitled to 66 2/3 your average weekly wage. The maximum an injured worker can receive in 2014 is $932.00 per week, up from $917.00 in 2013.
Often, insurance carriers and employers miscalculate your average weekly wage. At times they will not include overtime or concurrent wages, meaning income you had from a part time job. Your workers’ compensation rights center around your average weekly wage. It is imperative that the average weekly wage be correct. If you have any questions or would like a FREE consultation to discuss your case, contact Mooney & Associates attorney Mark Buterbaugh at 1-877-632-4656.
Attorney Buterbaugh represents injured workers in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Perry, and York Counties.