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Alabama Workers Compensation Questions How is my Average Weekly Wage Calculated

Alabama Workers Compensation Questions How is my Average Weekly Wage Calculated

Alabama Workers Compensation Questions: How is my average weekly wage calculated?

In Alabama, an injured worker's average weekly wage (AWW) is determined by taking the injured workers' earnings for the 52-weeks immediately preceding their job injury and dividing this number by 52. This is to include any bonus paid. In addition, if the worker missed a week of work during the 52 week period and did not receive any compensation, then that week should be subtracted from the calculation.

The value of any fringe benefits (eg. Health insurance) received by the worker is NOT included in the calculations UNLESS their employer stop paying their portion of said benefits. If this occurs, then the value of said fringe benefits is included in the calculation of the injured workers' average weekly wage.

If the injured worker has not been working for 52 weeks prior to their job injury, then the average of the earning they received while so employed is used and divided by the number of weeks worked, unless this amount is not just. In this situation, the average weekly wage of a similarly situated employee is used.

Ensuring that your average weekly wage is properly calculated is vital to you receiving the compensation you need while you are recovering from your job injury, and oft time the workers compensation insurance carrier will forget to add bonus or subtract weeks in their calculations, so you need to be sure to review these figures yourself.

If you or a loved one were hurt at work and you have questions about your right to Alabama Workers' Compensation benefits, don't hesitate to contact and talk to one of the experienced Alabama Workers Compensation Lawyers at Powell and Denny today.

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