Workers’ Compensation Agency (WCA) releases 2019 Weekly Benefit Tables and how to calculate payment rate.
Our experience shows that insurance companies make frequent errors and they are never in the claimant’s favor. Here are some instructions on using the 2019 Weekly Benefits Tables so you can double check the payment rate.
Please remember that payments are subject to a state-wide maximum and this number has not yet been announced for 2019. It will be based upon 90% of the state-wide average weekly wage.
Step 1: Calculate the gross average weekly wage using pay stubs
This is an amount of money an employee received over 39 paid weeks during the 52 weeks before he or she was hurt at work. This amount should include overtime, premium pay, and bonuses. Insurance companies frequently omit these items. We recommend organizing 52 weeks of pay stubs in order from highest amount to lowest amount. Take the gross amount of the highest 39 pay stubs and add them together. Divide this total number by 39 to get the average weekly wage.
Step 2: Plug your average weekly wage into benefit tables
Start from the top left of the benefit tables reading downward and locate your average weekly wage. Read from left to write locating your applicable tax status and number of dependents. The corresponding amount will be your weekly compensation rate. Watch out for insurance companies who use the wrong tax filing status or number of dependents.
Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 316-8033 for a free consultation today.