When you are hurt on the job in Arizona and miss more than 7 days of work, or are on a light-duty status for more than seven days, you may be entitled to temporary disability benefits. Those benefits are paid at the rate of 66 2/3% of your average monthly wage at the time of your industrial accident. However, there are many disputes involving average monthly wage, and these issues are frequently litigated.
It is important for Arizona employees to know that if injured on the job, there is a cap for maximum average monthly wage benefits. The highest average monthly wage you can have in Arizona in 2017 is $4521.92. Also, it's important to remember you do not receive this amount when you're on temporary disability--only 66 2/3% of that amount.
Another important point to keep in mind is that your average monthly wage is set, based on the year you were injured. For example, if you were injured in 2010, the highest average monthly wage in Arizona was $3763.44--even if you earn $15000 a month when working. As you can see, it is crucial you confirm your average monthly wage is set correctly, as this is the wage and payment structure that will potentially follow you the rest of your life.
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At Fendon Law Firm, P.C., we believe at least 6 out of 10 average monthly wages are set incorrectly, therefore establishing why it is vital you obtain the services of a highly-qualified workers' compensation attorney, such as ours. If you have been injured on the job and feel as though you are at risk for not receiving the reimbursement you deserve, you don’t have to face these concerns on your own. Let our experienced, dedicated, and skilled legal team fight on your behalf.
Please feel free to contact us for a free consultation on your Social Security Disability or Worker's Compensation case. Call (602) 256-2000.