Calculating Temporary Disability Benefits

If you have suffered a workplace injury, it can have far-reaching financial consequences for both you and your family. If your injury is only temporary, you may be entitled to temporary disability benefits. To determine the maximum benefits you are entitled to, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in New Jersey when filing your claim.

Calculating Temporary Disability Benefits

Temporary disability benefits provide injured or sick employees with 70 percent of their average weekly wage. There is no minimum compensation rate, but there are maximums. Each year, the limit of temporary disability benefits tends to increase slightly along with the State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW).  As such, your attorney should check what the maximum is for the particular year you are filing a claim.

Factors that Affect Temporary Disability Benefits

There are certain factors or circumstances that may reduce your temporary disability benefits. One of the most important things to note is that the date of your accident controls the rate for temporary disability benefits. Also, if you worked regular overtime, this should also be included in your weekly wages. In general, wages are based on your actual salary, so your wage is never reconstructed when calculating your temporary disability benefits.

Inform Your Attorney

In order to make sure that your temporary disability wages are properly calculated, you need to help your workers’ compensation lawyer in New Jersey prepare careful documentation of your lost time at work and your doctors visits. The more informed your attorney is, the better.

Contact an Experienced Compensation Attorney in New Jersey

If you have been injured on the job or have an employment related illness, you may qualify for temporary disability benefits. In order to get the maximum benefits that you are entitled to, you should consult with an experienced workers’ compensation in New Jersey.

For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with workers’ compensation attorney Dan Matrafajlo, call the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404. We have offices in Elizabeth, North Brunswick and Newark, New Jersey to better serve you.