How Are Compensation Benefits Determined?

In North Carolina, workers' compensation is typically two-thirds of the average pre-injury wage, plus payment of medical expenses and any additional compensation for permanent bodily damage. It sounds like it should be a simple calculation, but it's rarely that straightforward.

Some employers try to get by with paying two-thirds of a standard 40-hour workweek, and employees may know that they have been putting in overtime consistently. In other situations, if standard workweeks were cut short due to extenuating circumstances — such as prolonged rain during construction season — employees may still be eligible for full normal pay. Other compensation, such as housing allowances, should also be added into workers' compensation benefits.

At the law office of Jay Gervasi, P.A., we understand the complexities of accurately and completely calculating our clients' wages. With more than 25 years of legal experience, attorney Jay Gervasi carefully reviews months or years of financial information for each client, helping ensure his or her workers' compensation settlement is determined fairly.

Other Factors That Affect Workers' Comp Benefits

Workers' compensation benefits are based on several factors. One of the biggest factors is the individual's average wages before the accident. However, the following elements can all increase the compensation an individual receives:

  • Medical bills, including long-term medical treatment
  • Permanent partial disability or partial disability
  • Death benefits

If you have questions about how workers' compensation benefits are determined, working with an experienced Greensboro lawyer can help ensure you receive a full and fair financial settlement. Learn more about the service we offer by scheduling a free initial consultation. We can be reached through an online contact form or by calling 336-790-0157.