I have been injured at work. What is my “Average Weekly Wage”?

Illinois state workers’ compensation law entitles you to payments for a portion of your lost wages if you can’t 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).

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!!!

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.

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 TTD amount you get will vary from person to person because it is calculated using your average weekly wage, which 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’s fairly straightforward if you earn the same amount at each paycheck.

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’s important to make sure it’s 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 check 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’s 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.  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.
When there is a dispute over how much you should be paid while you can’t work, it can help to talk to a workers’ compensation attorney who works through these issues with Chicago workers every day. If you have been in a work related accident and you feel the employer has not correctly calculated your average weekly wage you should call one of the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Attorney Dan Newlin. 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. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Attorney Dan Newlin & Partners have the experience to help you correctly calculate the amounts you should get paid and the ability to get you paid as soon as possible. Advice is free and we are here to help provide answers to your questions and ensure that you are well informed about your rights and your options.