When a person is injured or becomes ill on the job, they may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, and they may have questions about how much they will receive.
These benefits are intended to provide financial support to the worker while they heal.
There are two types of benefits the worker may receive. These are wage replacement benefits and medical benefits. Wage replacement benefits replace a portion of the injured worker’s lost wages. Medical benefits pay for the cost of medical treatment caused by the injury or illness.
In New York, the amount of compensation a worker is entitled to receive depends on several factors. These include the nature and extent of the injury or illness, the employee’s pre-injury earnings, and the duration of the disability.
The workers’ compensation board uses a formula to determine the replacement wages the employee is entitled to. It is based on the worker’s average weekly wage in the 52 weeks prior to the injury. Then, the worker’s wage replacement benefit is calculated at two-thirds of that average weekly wage. There is a cap on the amount that the employee can receive, however.
Depending on whether the worker is permanently or partially disabled or has another significant or extensive injury, they may be entitled to another payment award based on a schedule of injuries maintained by the worker’s compensation board.
There are resources available to help workers who have a claim and help to understand the amount they may be entitled to, depending on the injury or illness they suffered in the workplace.