PENNSYLVANIA RATE INCREASE FOR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BENEFITS

By Kevin L. Connors, Esquire

Effective as of January 1, 2013, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation increased the maximum compensation payable rate, for temporary total disability benefits, to a weekly rate of $917.00.

This translates into yearly compensation benefits equaling $47,684.00.

This temporary total disability benefit rate is applicable to any pre-injury average weekly wage that equals or exceeds $1,375.90, representing sixty-six (66) and two-thirds (2/3) of the pre-injury average weekly wage.

Between a pre-injury average weekly wage of $1,375.50 and $687.76, the average weekly wage is multiplied by sixty-six (66) two-thirds (2/3), for the temporary total disability benefit rate.

For pre-injury average weekly wages between $687.75 and $509.44, the Bureau has assigned a temporary total disability benefit rate of $458.50 per week, yielding $23,842.00 in yearly compensation benefits.

For those earning $509.43 per week or less, the temporary total disability benefit rate will be determined at a ninety percent (90%) rate.

The 2013 maximum compensation payable rate represents a rate increase of approximately 3.265 percent over the 2012 rate.

For the last five (5) years, the maximum rates have been:

  • 2012: $888.00, equaling $46,176.00 in yearly benefits;
  • 2011: $858.00, equaling $44,616.00 in yearly benefits;
  • 2010: $845.00, equaling $43,940.00 in yearly benefits;
  • 2009: $836.00, equaling $43,472.00 in yearly benefits; and,
  • 2008: $807.00, equaling $41,964.00 in yearly benefits.

Access to Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, now known as the Office of Adjudication, is available through the following link:

http://www.portal.state.pa.us.

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