Texas Workers’ Compensation: Average Weekly Wage With Multiple Jobs

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If a worker’s claim is handled under the Texas Workers’ Compensation system, their disability benefits are calculated by using their Average Weekly Wage (AWW).

Many people hold done multiple jobs to make ends meet.  An accident in one job may prevent the worker from working multiple jobs.  A calculation of benefits should include all earning that an injured worker is disabled from performing.

Unlike the DWC-3 form filed by a workers’ employer, the additional earnings from other employers are provided by the injured worker in an Employee’s Multiple Wage Statement Form.

A worker should always confirm their AWW to make sure that it contains all their earnings.  It affects the weekly amount and can be a large amount over a two year span.

The Morris Firm, info@themorrisfirm.net (214)357-1782

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Texas Workers’ Compensation: Average Weekly Wage

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In a Texas Workers’ Compensation claim, the income benefit rate is calculated from the injured workers’ Average Weekly Wage (AWW).  for full time employees, the AWW is calculated by adding up the wages for the thirteen weeks prior to the date of injury.  This calculation includes overtime pay, bonuses or any fringe benefit the included in the employment.  The employer shall provide a DWC-3 form which provides pecuniary wages and non-pecuniary wages.

If there are not thirteen weeks of income prior to the date of injury, the parties may uses a same or similar employee or a calculation of the weeks worked.  Always consult with a person experienced in workers compensation

The Morris Firm,  info@themorrisfirm.net  (214)357-1782

Texas Workers’ Compensation: Are You Being Paid The Right Benefit Amount?

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If a persons injury is handled under the Texas Workers’ Compensation system, they are entitled to receive benefits which are calculated per their pre-injury average weekly wage (AWW).

Temporary Income Benefits (TIBs), Impairment Income Benefits (IIBs), Supplemental Income Benefits (SIBs), Lifetime Income Benefits (LIBs) and Beneficiary Benefits are all calculated by using the Average Weekly Wage.  Therefore, it is vital that the Average Weekly Wage is calculated properly.

Average Weekly Wage is generally calculated by finding the average wage (including fringe benefits) of the worker for the thirteen weeks prior to the injury.  If there is not a thirteen week history of income with the employer, a same or similar employee may be used.

There are calculation for employees that have multiple employers or that work for school districts.  Make sure and experienced person reviews the benefit amount to confirm it has been done correctly.

Daniel L Morris, The Morris Firm, info@themorrisfirm.net, (214)357-1782

 

Texas Criminal Law: Possession of Marijuana

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Under Texas Law, a person commits the offense of possession of marijuana if they knowingly or intentionally possess a usable quantity of marijuana.

Possession of marijuana is classified as a misdemeanor or felony depending upon the amount the person has in their possession.

Two ounces or less:  A Class B Misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine up to $2,000.

More than two ounces but less than four ounces: A Class A Misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine up to $4,000.

More than four ounces but less than five pounds:  A State Jail Felony which is punishable by 180 days up to 2 years in jail and/or a fine up to $10,000.

More than five pounds, but less than 50 pounds:  A Third Degree Felony which is punishable by two to ten years in jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

More than 50 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds:  A Second Degree Felony which is punishable by two to twenty years in jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

More than 2,000 pounds:  A felon offense that is punishable by five to ninety-nine years in jail or imprisonment for life and a fine up to $10,000.

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