It is clear that accidents can happen at any time in any environment, but employers often seek to prevent workplace accidents through training and safety equipment. Despite these efforts, workplace accidents still occur and affect employees and their families. A work injury can sometimes leave an employee partially disabled and unable to return to work for a period of time. In these cases, workers’ compensation is a crucial benefit that helps the injured worker make ends meet until they recover and return to work.
How is workers’ compensation computed for a partial disability? Arizona Statutes govern how the amount of compensation received for partial disabilities is calculated. If an employee is deemed partially disabled, then during the time of partial disability, the employee will receive compensation that is 66 2/3 percent of the difference between the worker’s wages prior to the injury and the amount they are able to earn after the injury.
For purposes of this calculation “wages” include unemployment benefits received by the worker while they are partially disabled and 55 percent of pension or retirement benefits received from the worker’s employer. This provision of the statutes governs temporary disability. The Arizona Statutes set out separate calculations for permanent partial disability benefits.
When an employee is injured on the job, it is crucial that they not only receive care and treatment but that they also understand their rights. A knowledgeable Arizona workers’ compensation lawyer can help an injured worker recover the benefits they are entitled to under the law.
Source: Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 23-1044, accessed on Feb. 3, 2015