Re: How is Compensation Rate Calculated in Georgia
In Georgia they calculate the AWW by the 13 weeks prior to the date of injury, 2/3 of that figure is the weekly compensation rate.
Here in NC you calculate the average weekly gross wages for the 52 weeks preceding the accident, and then 2/3 of that is the compensation rate.
How are Workers' Compensation cash benefits calculated?
Your Workers' Compensation benefits are first based on a term called your "average weekly wage." That wage figure is then applied to the type of disability benefits you are entitled to. You're average weekly wage is computed by averaging your wages from the 13 weeks prior to the injury. This figure includes salary, hourly pay, tips, meal allowances, lodging allowances, clothing allowances, and even year-end bonuses.
Depending on how much you worked/made in the 13 weeks before the injury, this calculation could end up benefiting you or unfairly setting your wage lower than you think it should be. If you did not work for the 13 weeks preceding the injury (maybe you were hurt on your first day) your wage is usually set by the wage of a similar employee for the 13 weeks prior to your injury.
HOW MUCH WILL MY WEEKLY BENEFITS BE?
You will receive two-thirds of your average weekly wage, but not more than $575.00 per week for an accident which occurred on or after July 1, 2016.
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