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, firstname.lastname@example.org, (214)357-1782