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What Is The Average Weekly Wage Under Maryland Workers Compensation Law?

All monetary workers’ compensation benefits are based on a number that is unique to each individual. It is called the “average weekly wage.” It is, in most cases, what the injured worker was making on average per week in the three months or so prior to their injury. Each class of benefits to which one may be entitled depends on this number. Temporary total benefits, temporary partial benefits. permanent impairment benefits and permanent and total disability all depend on the average weekly wage, or a fraction or portion thereof, in their calculation. On a yearly basis, the State also sets a state average weekly wage, which serves as a maximum benefit amount, or cap, if you will, for the benefits received by some injured workers. Because all workers compensation benefits are based on the average weekly wage, it is obviously vitally important to make sure that it's correct.

I've handled hundreds of workers compensation cases over the years. Many of these cases at some point involved a determination of, or indeed litigation over, the proper calculation of the average weekly wage. If you've been injured at work, I'd be happy to personally meet with you and examine the average weekly wage or other issues that might arise during your claim. I offer such a meeting on a no cost basis. Please call me. 410 591 2835. 

Eric T Kirk

After graduating with honors from Albany Law School in New York, Eric Kirk has spent most of his 25 year legal career battling insurance companies to secure fair and just compensation for his clients in Maryland, New York, and Florida.