Accidents Taking Place On or After Maximum
July 1st, 2012 792.07
July 1st, 2011 772.96
July 1st, 2010 739.83
July 1st, 2009 600
July 1st 2008 550
July 1st 2007 500
July 1st 1992 400
IMPORTANTLY: The benefit rate a Claimant receives is capped by the maximum rate according to his/her date of injury, and it does not increase if new maximum benefits are adopted into law.
Just as a refresher, your level of disability is crucial in determining how much you can collect.
Your level of disability can fall under one of four categories:
Mild = on average 25% disabled (includes any disability greater than 0% and up to 49.99%).
Moderate = on average 50% (includes 50-74.99 % disabled).
Marked = on average 75% (includes 75-99.99 % disabled).
Total = 100% disabled.
How your wage benefits are calculated:
Mild disability = 1/6 of your gross average weekly wage up to the statutory maximum.
Moderate disability = 1/3 of your gross average weekly wage up to the statutory maximum.
Marked disability = 1/2 of your gross average weekly wage up to the statutory maximum.
Total disability = 2/3 of your gross average weekly wage up to the statutory maximum.
DETERMINING YOUR DEGREE OF DISABILITY
Your doctor is the one who determines your degree of disability as a result of the work accident. In order for you to be able to collect wage benefits, your doctor’s reports MUST indicate the exact percentage of disability that you have and explain how it related to the work accident. Without an exact percentage (for example, if your doctor simply states that you are partially disabled but does not indicate how much percentage of partial disability you have) you may only be able to receive the minimum amount available in the partial category. Therefore it is CRUCIAL that you MAKE SURE your doctor’s reports indicate the exact percentage disability you have AND that your disability is causally related to your work accident.