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How Does Your "Comp Rate" factor into Settlement Value?

Posted by James Aspell | Dec 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

People often ask me why "their friend" got so much (more) money than they did when the settled their workers comp case. In large part, it comes down to one's comp rate. That magical number derived from the average weekly wage over the 52 weeks preceding the injury together with the average concurrent wages, if any.

If the injured worker, no mater how severe the injury, was working a low wage job for 10 or 12 hours each week, then their comp rate is going to be lower than the union mechanic or truck driver that sustains the exact same injury.

The formula for deriving the correct comp rate is set forth in Connecticut General Statutes section 31-310. It's heavy stuff and not for the faint of heart, or mathematically challenged. It is also necessary to know how to correctly complete a Form 1A and use the applicable Connecticut Workers Compensation Benefit Rate table.

If you have any questions about comp rates, feel free to call me any time. 860-523-8783.

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James Aspell

Principal since August 1, 2006 James F. Aspell is the principal and managing attorney of the firm which he started in 2006 following 20 years of litigation practice in a mid -size firm in Hartford, Connecticut. Jim focuses his practice in the areas of worker's compensation and personal injury l...

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