How Does The Average Weekly Wage Affect Benefits?
One of the first challenges that needs to be overcome in order to get fair workers’ comp wage benefits is to make certain that your average weekly wage is calculated accurately. At the Philip J. Fulton Law Office, we have more than 35 years of experience. We know the nuances of calculating average weekly wage. You can count on our attorneys to lay down a solid foundation to ensure that you get maximum benefits.
What Is Average Weekly Wage?
Average weekly wage is the basis for all wage benefits paid in Ohio. It is calculated based on the wages you received the 52 weeks prior to the workplace injury you suffered. Once this amount is locked in, it remains the same, no matter how long you receive benefits. For example, a person who was injured in 1990 who is still getting benefits today is getting those benefits based on his or her 1990 wages. This fact makes it all the more important to make certain that all calculations area absolutely accurate.
Challenges In Calculating Average Weekly Wage
While there are people who basically receive the same amount on their paycheck one week after the next, there are also people whose wages vary dramatically. There are also people who didn’t work the full year prior to their injury. Perhaps they were laid off for a few months. Perhaps they took time off to take care of a sick family member. If these gaps in employment were included in average weekly wage calculations, the victim would not get nearly enough to make ends meet post-injury.
Our lawyers take great care to see that unemployment periods are excluded from the calculation. We are extremely knowledgeable about the law and the opportunities available to address unique situations. You can be confident that we will get you fair benefits.
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