Workers’ Compensation Rates for Workers Injured in 2019

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Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers weigh in on work injury benefit rates for 2019. Each year, the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission determines the maximum compensation rate that employees can receive in the event that they are injured at work. In addition to lost wages, prescription medication, and medical expenses associated with the injury, Workers’ Compensation also provides the injured employee with benefits for death and disability based on the extent of the injury.

The following provides updated information about the maximum benefits rates for 2019:

Temporary Total Disability

The injured worker is eligible to receive two-thirds of their Average Weekly Wage (AWW), not to exceed $1,116.00, which is 100% of the State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW).

Permanent Total Disability

The injured worker may receive two-thirds of their AWW, not to exceed 100% of the SAWW, or $1,116.00

Permanent Partial Disability

For awards for a period of less than 75 weeks for injuries that occurred on or after January 1, 2019 but before January 1, 2020, the injured worker may be paid at a rate of thirty-three and one-third percent of their AWW, not to exceed $187.00, or 16.7 percent of the SAWW.

If the award period is greater than or equal to 75 weeks, but less than 250 weeks, the injured worker may collect two-thirds of their AWW, not to exceed one-third of the SAWW, or $372.00.

Temporary Partial Disability

An employee may receive 50 percent of the difference between their AWW and their future earning capacity. This cannot exceed 50 percent of the SAWW, or $558.00.

Death Benefits

  • The dependents of the deceased worker may receive two-thirds of the worker’s AWW at the time of their death, not to exceed the SAWW.
  • To determine the amount that will be payable to the surviving family, the deceased worker’s income is divided by the family income earned by the deceased worker, which is then multiplied by the death benefit.

A dependent of the deceased is limited to receive no more than a total of $65,000 in death benefits if they are not a spouse or a dependent child, according to Section 9-683.3(i) of the Labor and Employment Article. This limit will be adjusted each year, using the same percentage rate used to adjust the SAWW.

The annual maximum benefit limit for 2019 is $75,172.00.

If you have any questions or concerns about the benefits you are entitled to receive, an experienced Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyer can help.

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Secure Maximum Benefits for Injured Workers

If you or a loved one have been injured at work, and you are unsure about the Worker’s Compensation benefits that you are entitled to for 2019, you are urged to contact the experienced Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will provide a detailed explanation of the financial benefits you should expect to receive and when you will receive them. Our skilled and dedicated team will protect your rights and ensure that you receive the maximum benefits you deserve based on your injury. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online. We work with clients in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.