When Will My Benefits Begin And How Much Will They Be?

If you are unable to work as a result of your injury or disease, you will be paid a portion of your regular wages. These tax­free benefits are called time­loss payments. They are based on a percentage of your wages, your marital status and the number of legally dependent children you have at the time of your injury. The Washington State Supreme Court has also ruled that employer­paid health­care benefits may also be included when calculating a worker`s gross wage at the time of an on­the­job injury. The time­loss compensation benefit, or wage replacement the worker receives while off work, is based on this gross wage and now must include:

  • Pre­tax earnings
  • Bonuses
  • Tips
  • Value of any room, board, housing or fuel provided to the worker.
  • Employer­paid health care benefits for the worker and family.

The time­loss compensation benefit may be 60­75 percent of this gross wage up to the maximum monthly benefit, which is based on the state`s average wage. Time­loss is paid if you are unable to work for more than the three days immediately following the date of your injury. The three days immediately following the injury are a waiting period. Even if you try to return to work following your injury, you may receive time­loss benefits for the first three days if you are unable to continue working and are disabled on the 14th day after the injury.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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