California's Weekly Average Wage Rises


The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has reported that the State Average Weekly Wage increased slightly over two percent during the 2014-15 year. This will have a significant impact on disability claims and awards in the 2016 calendar year, as it will increase weekly payments awards that are tied to the State Average Weekly Wage. California workers’ compensation claims use this number frequently, as it governs the minimum and maximum amounts that you can be awarded as a result of your injury.

How Does This Impact My Claim?

In California, any form of total disability is awarded a set dollar amount within a certain range, based primarily on your earnings from your most recent employment. Your award will then be 55 percent of the earnings you received during your highest quarter of the initial period, up to the legal maximum.

The Stave Average Weekly Wage went from $1,095.70 to $1,120.67, an increase of about 2.3 percent. For claims made in California for 2016, the maximum will rise by that same 2.3 percent level, with the maximum rising to $1,128.43 per week. This will also influence minimum award amounts for both temporary and permanent disability awards in 2016, increasing them from $165.49 to $169.26.

If you have been awarded temporary disability that is more than two years old, permanent disability, or life pension awarded before the end of 2002, your benefits could also increase by this 2.3 percent amount.

What Should I Do to Ensure I Get My Increase?

If you qualify for these increases, or if you are unsure, it is best to contact a Glendale personal injury attorney for assistance. While significant penalties exist for underpayment of owed benefits, you may not always receive your increase. An attorney can assist you in dealing with your claims administrator and ensure you receive the benefits you deserve.

The Law Offices of Wax & Wax have helped residents of Glendale, Santa Clarita, and the greater Los Angeles area with their workers’ compensation claims for more than 25 years. Our skill and experience has led to numerous awards and accolades, including an AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. If you have been injured on the job, speak with one of our skilled legal professionals today.

Call the Law Offices of Wax & Wax at (818) 946-0608 or contact us online today to receive a free initial consultation for your personal injury case.

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