Many injured workers in Texas rely on Texas Workers Compensation to care for them through their injuries. There are four types of income benefits one can receive while on workers comp. These are Temporary Income Benefits (TIBs), Impairment Income Benefits (IIBs), Supplemental Income Benefits (SIBs), and Lifetime Income Benefits (LIBs). All of these rely on your average weekly wage to determine your amount of income benefits.
How Your Average Weekly Wage is Calculated
Full Time Employee AWW:
For a person who works at least 30 hours per week, Texas Workers Compensation will calculate your average weekly wage by adding your total earnings for the previous 13 weeks of employment then dividing by 13. This can be different if you have multiple jobs and/or you are a school district employee. If you have not been at your place of employment for at least 13 weeks, then you average weekly wage may be calculated using a similar job estimate.
Average Weekly Wage with Multiple Jobs:
If you have more than one job, and you are unable to work your second job due to your work related injury, then you are able to add the income from your second job to the income total.
School District Employee AWW:
School district employees are paid for the 9 months school is in session, with the option of being paid in full during those nine months or spread out throughout 12 months. Therefore, their average weekly wage is calculated using their earned wages, not their paid wages. For a more detailed explanation of how this is broken down for different types of income benefits visit the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers Compensation here.
If you are unsure of what your average weekly wage is or if you think there may be a problem with the way your claim is being handled with Texas Workers Compensation, we can help you understand what you may be entitled to. Just give us a call.
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