For workers injured on the job in 2014, the maximum compensation rate is $1441.80. That is the cap on benefits, so even if 2/3 of your average weekly wage is greater than that - and remember, in D.C., workers comp beneftis are calculated by averaging the 26 weeks before you got hurt. So that means all raises, bonuses, overtime and any other income you made is included.
Income from a second job during that time is included also.
Why is this important? For people at the max comp rate, you need to make sure your claim is filed in the District, because the maximum workers compensation rates are several hundred dollars less in Maryland and DC (that's several hundred dollars per week, every week). And insurance adjusters will do everything they can to prevent you from getting the higher compensaiton rate.
And the average weekly wage is important in calculation partial disability benefits as well. Even if you are at the maximum compensation rate in DC, you want that average weekly wage to be as high as possible so that if you return to work at a lower wage, you will get the partial disability benefits you deserve.
Questions about wage and benefit calculations? The workers comp insurance company hasn't told you any of this?
Call us today at (202) 393 - 3320 and we'll review it for you. Or order one of our books or free guides full of helpful information you can use to make sure you get the right benefits for you and your family.