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Many people wonder if the Permanent Total Disability Compensation they receive will ever go up over time. The answer is maybe. . . . For more information, read on.For the most part, compensation rates do not increase in an OhioBWC claim. As an example, check out the compensation rate chart for your injury year.
An injured worker is paid TTD at the following rates - for the 1st 12 weeks off work, TTD is paid at 72% of the Full Weekly Wage. The FWW is computed by taking the gross wages earned the 6 weeks prior to the injury. You should have a Board Certified Ohio Workers' Compensation Specialist represent you in your claim to make certain that your rates are accurately calculated. Many times there are errors in the calculations that cost an injured work large sums of unpaid compensation.
An injured worker is paid TTD at the following rates - after the 1st 12 weeks off work and through the remainder of the claim, TTD is paid at 2/3 (66.6667%) of the Average Weekly Wage. The AWW is computed by taking the gross wages earned during the entire 52 weeks prior to the injury date.
Calculation of compensation rates includes all money earned from multiple employers during that time. Additionally, if there are periods where no income was earned, there may be a way to get the BWC to ignore that period from the computation of the AWW. You should have a Board Certified Ohio Workers' Compensation Specialist represent you in your claim to make certain that your rates are accurately calculated. Many times there are errors in the calculations that cost an injured work large sums of unpaid compensation.
It is important to get a Board Certified Ohio Workers' Compensation Specialist Attorney in your corner. Setting the wages correctly and knowing the law regarding exclusion of unemployment due to illness, lay-off, etc. needs a specialist to protect your legal rights to correct compensation rates.
Temporary Total Disability Compensation is "locked" into the year of the injury. So, if you go off work due to allowed conditions in your BWC claim, you will get paid based on the amount of money you made the year before the injury. This is based on the Average Weekly Wage set in your claim.
The only compensation that can be raised is Permanent Total Disability, but only under one condition. Your compensation payment rate must be lower than the rate set as the Disabled Workers' Relief Fund (DWRF). This year, the DWRF rate is set at $332.86. Thus, if your AWW would make your rate of compensation lower than the DWRF rate, you would be "bumped up" to the DWRF rate.
DWRF usually increase every year by approximately $5-10.00 per year. Only in the recent past was the rate not increaesed (due to the economy and zero inflation rate).
In the event of an Ohio work injury, or job accident, a Board Certified Ohio Workers' Compensation Specialist Attorney should be contacted to advise an injured worker on all the benefits available in such an industrial accident. There are time limits, so protect yourself and call now.