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Calculating Pre-Injury Wages for an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Settlement

January 19th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

If you’re injured on the job, you might be eligible for worker’s compensation. While worker’s compensation isn’t meant to carry you for the rest of your life (or set you up for retirement), it can make up for the disparity in wages you experience due to any disability or partial disability incurred as a result of injury on the job. The most common form of a worker’s compensation settlement is PPD, Permanent Partial Disability. Before settling, however, be sure that all the necessary expenses related to your injury have been accounted for. Once you go back to work, your employer is no longer obligated to pay for expenses.

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According to the Social Security Administration, there are no federal regulations in workers’ compensation; consequently, there are significant variations in state workers’ compensation programs. In Illinois, the calculation of pre-injury wages plays a significant factor in how much compensation is awarded in a PPD settlement. Illinois worker’s compensation laws allow for a benefit awarding 2/3 of what you were making before the injury. For example, if you made $500 per week before the injury and after returning to work earn only $250 a week, you would be eligible for 2/3 of the difference (2/3 of $250 = $167). This may not seem like a perfect settlement, but many states offer no pre-injury wage calculation in the settlement whatsoever: Alaska, Hawaii, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington.

The calculation of pre-injury wages is only one factor in the complicated process of settling a workers’ compensation dispute. It’s not a process one should go through without the aid of an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer. Contact one of our dedicated experts if you or someone you know is experiencing a workers compensation dispute to help determine the best plan of action for you and your future.

 

Written by Staff Writer

January 19th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

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