I was injured at work. How much will I get paid while I am unable to work?

At the law Offices of Attorney Dan Newlin, Chicago, we are honored to protect and fight for injured workers.  As the son of a Chicago Steel worker and as a former police detective, Attorney Dan Newlin understands firsthand the importance of helping the hard working people of Northern Illinois and Chicago.  On many occasions we find that workers compensation adjusters wrongfully deny medical care and money benefits to injured workers leaving the injured worker with little or nothing to survive.  Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced lawyers will fight for you! We are a local law firm, serving all of Northern Illinois with our law offices located in downtown Chicago.  No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced workers compensation attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.

Being involved in a work related injury in Chicago or the Suburbs may entitle you to thousands of dollars under the Illinois Workers Compensation act for your lost wages, medical bills and long term care. At the Law Office of Attorney Dan Newlin Chicago, we have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury victims and work related accidents and we will fight for you!!!

No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced workers compensation attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.  Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims.  If you have questions about your work related injury call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.

Illinois workers’ compensation law entitles you to payments for a portion of your lost wages if you cannot work because of a job-related injury. Specifically, the law says that an injured worker should receive 2/3 of his or her pay until they can return to work. This benefit is called Temporary Total Disability (TTD).

The TTD amount you get is calculated using your average weekly wage (AWW). Your AWW is the average amount you earned per week over the 52 weeks prior to your injury. You essentially add up those 52 weeks of pay, divide by 52 and then multiply by 2/3. It is fairly straightforward if you earn the same amount for each paycheck. However, it can vary based on overtime hours, having a second job, bonuses, weeks taken off work and a bunch of other things. Also, note that the average weekly wage is based on your gross pay, not your net pay.  No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced workers compensation attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.  Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims.  If you have questions about your work related injury call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.

The higher your AWW, the more you will get paid weekly during the pendency of your workers’ compensation. Your AWW also will also impact how much your case is worth.  For example, someone who makes $1,500 a week is going to get a better settlement than someone earning $500 a week who had the exact same treatment, injury and recovery.  Being involved in a work related injury in Chicago or the Suburbs may entitle you to thousands of dollars under the Illinois Workers Compensation act for your lost wages, medical bills and long term care. At the Law Office of Attorney Dan Newlin Chicago, we have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury victims and work related accidents and we will fight for you.

Most employers in Chicago have workers’ compensation insurance, which means that the insurance company pays your benefits, including your TTD checks. They calculate your average weekly wage, and if your situation is less than straightforward, it is important to make sure it is calculated correctly. If your pay varies, if you work hourly and get overtime, or if you get bonuses as part of your compensation, you should work with an experienced work injury attorney to make sure that all appropriate income is included.

The insurance company doesn’t want to pay you more than it has to under the law, so it is in their best interest to err on the side of excluding things from your wage calculation. Obviously, that is not in your best interest. The more that you can include; the more you will receive in benefits. You want to be sure that your benefits payments accurately reflect your income.  At the Law Office of Attorney Dan Newlin Chicago, we have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury victims and work related accidents and we will fight for you

Not everyone receives paystubs anymore, but if you do get hurt, you need to get a copy of your pay history to your attorney. Often we are forced to rely on a written history provided by the insurance adjuster. If they “mistakenly” write down the wrong numbers then this could be a problem because you will lose out.

Keep track of your paystubs or ask for a copy of them if an accident happens. It seems like something you shouldn’t have to worry about, but if your hours vary week to week or if you received a raise at some point then it really matters. And remember, your compensation is based on the total amount received, not what you walked away with. The only exception to this is that you don’t get paid overtime at the overtime rate. When it is part of your AWW, which is a topic for another post, it’s done at the straight time rate.

At the law Offices of Attorney Dan Newlin, Chicago, we are honored to protect and fight for injured workers.  On many occasions we find that workers compensation adjusters wrongfully deny medical care and money benefits to injured workers leaving the injured worker with little or nothing to survive.  Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced lawyers will fight for you.  No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced workers compensation attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.  Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims.  If you have questions about your work related injury call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.