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Average Weekly Rate Legal Definition

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Average Weekly Rate legal definition: The average weekly rate refers to the amount of weekly workers’ compensation an employee is eligible for if they’ve been injured on the job. In Pennsylvania, the actual amount you will recieve is based on your gross average weekly wage. This amount is calculated by using your total gross wages from every employer you were working for at the time you suffered your injury.

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Average Weekly Rate and Workers’ Compensation Cases

In Pennsylvania, injured workers are entitled to weekly compensation checks equal to about a third of their average gross wages. A compensation schedule setting forth minimum and maximum compensation is determined by the state Department of Labor and Industry. 

For the 2018 calendar year, for example, the maximum weekly compensation rate was $1,025.

A worker’s average weekly rate is paid out until you reach what is known as “maximum medical improvement,” or when 104 weeks has elapsed – whichever comes first. 


Sources: https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Compensation/WC/claims/Pages/Statewide-Average-Weekly-Wage-(SAWW).aspx


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