In this two-part series I will explain the two different types of wage rates in the Ohio workers’ compensation system. The two wage rates are called the Full Weekly Wage (FWW) and the Average Weekly Wage (AWW). These rates impact the amount of your benefits in your workers’ compensation claim.
Full Weekly Wage
This rate is the average of what you made in the 6 weeks before the workplace accident.
How Its Calculated:
The FWW is calculated by taking your last six pay amounts (pre-tax) and dividing by six.
If you did not work all six weeks before your work injury the FWW can be adjusted for your special circumstance.
For instance, a person had just started working at a job the day before the accident. She had been laid off for several months prior to getting this job. So the only pay she got in the six weeks before the accident was the $80 she made in her first day. If this was divided by 6 her FWW would only be $13 per week. The FWW was ultimately set at $400 a week because that was the rate she would have been making had she not been injured.
When Its Used:
The first twelve weeks of temporary total disability are paid out at 72% of the full weekly wage. After that, the temporary total disability is paid based on the average weekly wage, which will be discussed in my next post.
If you have questions about the amount you are being paid in your workers’ compensation claim please call our office.