Illinois law provides that the amount of your Work Comp settlement is based on your average weekly wage.
The amount you are paid while off work pay is also based on your average weekly wage.
The key figure is your average weekly wage the 52 weeks before your injury.
Make sure that the calculation is correct.
Overtime pay may be included if it is mandatory and worked regularly.
If you work two jobs at the same time and your employers are aware of your second job, then both wages may be added together and used as your average weekly wage.
The higher your wage the higher your settlement for the same injury.
Someone who breaks their arm working at a fast food restaurant will have a smaller settlement than injured worker who breaks their arm on a union job.
Insurance companies often attempt to reduce settlements they pay out. Do not allow them to do it to you.
Questions about your work injury? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.