Gather injured workers' wages, bonus, per diem (any and all income from job or jobs)
To determine AWW the injured worker is allowed to include wages from one or more employers. If working two jobs, the worker can combine the wages from the two or more jobs even though they were injured while working for one of the employers on the date of accident. The injured worker can also include any bonus that he/she is paid during this period (e.g. Christmas bonus, weekly, monthly or quarterly performance bonus and the like).
Divide by 52 weeks prior to the work accident or the actual number of weeks worked
Once the worker has gathered all of his wage information, you then divide the total by the 52 weeks he/she worked prior to the work accident. In the event that the worker did not work 52 weeks prior to the work accident then the law allows for another calculation as long as it is fair to both the injured worker and employer. Many times fairness requires using the actual number of weeks worked to reach the AWW.
Additional resources provided by the author
Title 42 of the South Carolina Workers Compensation Act Section 42-1-40.
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