During the time in which you are temporarily unable to work due to a job-related injury or illness, you could be entitled to temporary total disability benefits. For help in understanding eligibility, contact a Richmond Workers’ Compensation lawyer today.
If you qualify to receive temporary total disability, you should know that calculating your average weekly wage can be very complex. Each case is unique with its own set of factors.
However, in general, you can expect that it will be based on your gross income during the 52 weeks prior to the date you were injured or became ill. If you worked for less than that time, it will be based on the number of weeks you were employed.
If at the time of your work-related injury you had more than one job, the average weekly wage may be dependent on the combined income. However, this usually only applies in cases where the employer (the one you were working for at the time of the injury) was aware of your other job(s).
If you normally worked overtime, this usually isn’t included in the calculations. The only exception to that may be in a case that is filed under the Occupational Diseases Act.
With so many variables that can impact your weekly wage, along with your right to temporary total disability benefits, it’s important to discuss your case with an experienced attorney.
Contact a Richmond Worker’s Compensation Lawyer
When you have difficulties with your Workers’ Compensation claim, a Richmond Workers’ Compensation attorney can bear some of the burden you’ve been placed under. To get back on your feet, whether it means getting back to work or getting the benefits you deserve, order a copy of our free book, the Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia, and contact a Workers’ Compensation attorney at the Injured Workers Law Firm for a no-cost consultation – 877-755-7744 or 804-755-7755.