Injury While Working as an Order Fulfillment Associate- What Will I Be Paid?

injured knee while working at warehouse distribution center
Date: February 3, 2022

Workers’ Compensation Claim For Warehouse Workers in Pittston, Pennsylvania

William injured his knee while working as an Order Fulfillment Associate at a large Distribution Center in Luzerne County. He reported the injury to his supervisor right away. He tried to work through the pain but his condition worsened as the day went on. At the end of his shift, William and his supervisor went to his employer’s Human Resources Department and filled out paper work to open a Workers Compensation claim. William was then taken to see the employer’s panel physician who referred William to an orthopedic surgeon. The orthopedic surgeon told William that he will require surgery for his injury and he will be out of work for at least 6 months. William is wondering: How much will he be paid in workers compensation benefits?

Answer: The amount of benefits you will receive depends on how much you were earning when you were hurt. Your pre-injury earnings are what’s known as your average weekly wage (AWW). The AWW is computed as of the date of the work injury.  Various methods are utilized per section 309 of the PA Workers Compensation Act to calculate the AWW. Calculations are based upon gross earnings, as opposed to net earnings. The calculation method will consider whether you were paid by the week, month or year. If your wages varied from week to week, your AWW is calculated by determining your earnings from the four 13 week calendar quarters that pre-date the date of injury, dividing quarterly wages by 13 (number of weeks per quarter), and then using the average of the three highest quarters. Your weekly compensation rate is generally 2/3 of your AWW. In some cases, the comp rate is 90% of the AWW.  

Pittston Workers’ Comp for Warehouse Workers

If you’ve suffered a work injury and have questions about your claim, contact me at tcummings@dlplaw.com or call (570) 347-1011 for a free consultation.

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.