Cook County Wage Differential Benefits Attorney
Gurnee, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
What would happen to your lifestyle if you could no longer perform your job and earn what you have become accustomed to earning? At Marks & Associates, Ltd., we help hard-working people find financial relief from injuries at work through benefits provided from workers’ compensation claims. If your work restrictions following an on-the-job injury prevent you from returning to your job and you are no longer able to earn what you did prior to the injury, you may be entitled to wage differential benefits.
Explaining Wage Differential Benefits
Wage differential benefits are designed to provide money to an injured worker to make up a portion of the difference in pay between what they could be earning in their old job versus what they are able to earn in their new line of work. Whether you are an hourly or salaried employee, the objective of these benefits is to keep you close to the financial level you were accustomed to before the accident occurred.
Estimating Wage Differential Benefits
Unfortunately, workplace injuries can cause permanent partial disability (PPD) and prevent you from returning to your prior line of work. While this proves to be a common problem for those who engage in physical labor jobs such as manufacturing, construction, and warehousing, it can happen in any line of work. Wage differential benefits can help offset the difference between what you used to earn and what you are now capable of earning.
The following is an example to illustrate wage differential benefits:
- A skilled worker makes $40 per hour before injuring his dominant hand at work. The permanent restrictions from the injury will not allow him to return to his old job, but he is able to find a new job that pays $20 per hour. Assuming a 40 hour work week, the employee has a weekly wage differential of $800. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides that an injured worker is entitled to 2/3 of the difference in pay. Therefore, the skilled worker may be entitled to receive $533.33 per week for a wage differential benefit
Wage differential benefits are capped under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and are typically only payable for a certain period of time. It is important to work with a skilled attorney to have a better understanding of wage differential calculations.
Contact our firm today to schedule an appointment to discuss your workers’ compensation claim and whether you may be entitled to wage differential benefits. We do not charge our clients a fee until we win. We have flexible appointments and convenient office hours to accommodate your schedule. We have offices in Gurnee and Chicago, Illinois and serve Lake County, Cook County and the entire Chicago area.