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How are wage-loss benefits calculated?
Wage-loss benefits are calculated by analyzing the four 13-week periods preceding the date of your injury. The calculation is based on wages and other compensation from all forms of employment. Accordingly, if you have a second job, those wages are included in calculating your benefits. The average weekly wage is calculated by averaging your wages during the three highest 13-week periods; a different calculation may be used if you have worked less than 39 weeks. You are entitled to receive approximately two thirds of your pre-injury average weekly wage up to a statewide maximum that increases every year. Low-wage employees may be entitled to receive more than two thirds. Unfortunately, your wage-loss benefits are fixed at the date of injury and do not increase to reflect inflation or wage increases you otherwise would have received had you not been injured.