How To Determine How Much Your Weekly Workers' Compensation Check Should Be Under Georgia Law
Determine Average Weekly Wage and Comp. RateNot counting the week of your injury, look to see if you worked the majority of the 13 weeks preceding the date of the injury. If you worked substantially the whole of the 13 weeks, add up your pre-tax weekly wages for those 13 weeks, and divide that number by 13. That is your average weekly wage. To determine how much your weekly benefit should be, divide that number by 3, and then multiply that number by 2. That amount should be how much you are paid each week. For example, if your average weekly wage is $600, your weekly check should be $400. Note, currently the cap on weekly benefits is $500. Also, if you are working reduced hours or at a lower rate of pay because you are on light-duty restrictions, your check would be two-thirds of the difference between your pre-injury wage and your actual weekly pay on light-duty.
If you didn't work substantially the whole of the 13 weeks preceding the date of accident, you must use the following to determine your AWW & TTD.If you only worked 11 of the 13 weeks before the accident or maybe 2 out of 5 days in 3 of the 13 weeks (examples only), your attorney can and should argue that you did not work enough in the weeks leading up to your accident to accurately provide a fair average weekly wage. In this scenario, your attorney should request the wage records from similarly situated employees to determine what your average weekly wage is. If no similarly situated employee exists, then go on to step 3. If they do exist, the wages of that employee for the 13 weeks leading up to your date of injury are used the same way as above. (Your attorney needs to make sure the similar employee qualifies as "similar" -same level of experience, same schedule, same rate of pay, same number of years with the employer, etc.)
Full-Time SalaryIf you did not work substantially the whole of the 13 weeks preceding the date of accident, and there are no similarly situated employees, then you are entitled to full-time pay to determine your average weekly wage and weekly benefits check. For example, if you worked at $11 per hour, your average weekly wage would be $440 ($11 x 40 hours a week). This would equate to a weekly TTD check in the amount of $293.34 (2/3 of your average weekly wage).