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.