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Maximum Rate for Workers’ Compensation Benefits.
Workers’ compensation benefits give employees a percentage of their average weekly wage. However, the weekly payment amounts you receive will depend on regulations from your state.
According to the Workers’ Compensation Act, injured workers are entitled to wage-loss benefits equal to two-thirds of their weekly wage for a work-related injury.
The maximum rate of workers’ compensation benefits that an injured worker can receive does increase annually. However, this only affects benefits that occur in the year the increase occurs.
For example, if you were injured in 2020 and are receiving workers’ compensation benefits, you are not eligible for the increased rate in 2021.
The Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation states that the maximum workers’ compensation rate for injuries taking place in 2020 is $1,081.00 per week. This is increased from the maximum rate for 2019 of $1,049.00.
Unlike Social Security Disability Benefits, workers’ compensation benefits do not have a COLA each year (Cost of Living Adjustment.)
The amount an injured worker receives for wage loss benefits is set by the “Average Weekly Wage” (AWW,) which is calculated based on formulas found in the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act.
This can be a complicated area in the workers’ compensation process.
To ensure you are receiving the compensation you deserve, you should consult a workers’ compensation attorney if you have any questions or concerns.
Workers’ compensation negotiation and litigation is often complex. If you have questions or concerns about your workplace injuries, contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney at Berger and Green.
Recovering compensation after an accident
If you were injured on the job or lost a loved one while they were on the job, contact the experienced attorneys at Berger and Green. We keep in mind your present and future needs. After an injury or a death, filing a claim will help you and your family during this difficult and unexpected time. Call Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Pittsburgh today.
Source: PA. GOV, “WC Act Landing Page.”