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Do Not Get Short Changed on Your Average Weekly Wage

By Burg Simpson
March 24, 2015
2 min read

Average weekly wage is a topic I have discussed previously. Generally, your average weekly wage should include the salary you earn each week. It gets more complicated when the weeks that you work are not uniform, like when someone gets a lot of overtime or their work is not full time. That’s why they call it an “average” weekly wage.

One place I frequently encounter difficulty is with people who work a seasonal job. The insurance company is normally going to try to take the lowest possible average wage, so when someone is seasonal, like a teacher that works on a 9-month schedule, they will try to average it out over the entire year. If a person works a lot more in the summer like a landscaper, they will try to take the winter average if possible.

Getting the correct average weekly wage makes a difference in not only your lost wages (temporary disability) but also can make a difference in permanent disability. Having an attorney go through this with you will ensure that you are treated fairly. The process is there to protect you and your rights as a worker. Ensure you are given fair treatment in a system that can be hard to understand.

Additionally, if you have been hurt at work, give me a call. Most Workers Compensation attorneys (myself included) will evaluate your case for free or talk with you to make sure we are a fit, all it takes is a call. Always ask your prospective lawyers how long they have worked in that area of the law; I have over 30 years of experience in this field. If you have been hurt and want someone to fight for you, call me at 303-792-5595 or submit a request using the button on the right side of the page to have someone from our office contact you.

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