Injured on the Job in Pennsylvania? How Are Your Wage Loss Benefits Calculated?

Date: January 11, 2012
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If you are injured at work in Pennsylvania, the Workers Compensation Act entitles you to payment of wage loss benefits for time missed from work while you are disabled as a result of your work injury. To calculate the amonunt of wage loss benefits you will receive, you first need to calculate your average weekly wage (AWW). The AWW is calculated as of date of the work injury. Various methods are utilized to calculate the AWW per Section 309 of the Act. The calculations are based upon gross earnings. The calculation methods consider if the claimant is paid by week, month or year.
If wages vary from week to week, the claimant’s earnings earnings from the four 13 week calendar quarters that pre-date the date of injury are utilized. The quarterly wages are divided by 13 (number of weeks per quarter). The average of the three highest quarters is the average weekly wage (AWW).
The weekly compensation rate is generally 66 2/3 % of the AWW.

Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.