California Workers Comp benefits to increase in 2016

One of the most challenging parts of a Workers Compensation case is figuring out how to survive on a limited income. Of course, that’s if your claim gets approved. But even if it’s an approved claim, living on two thirds of your wages can make anyone scream bloody merry. If you are currently going through this nightmare, you might be interested in what the California Workers Compensation institute (CWCI) has to say. According to the CWCI there will be an increase on the Workers Compensation benefits in 2016 for claims related to injuries sustained at work.

The California State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) says that this increase is possible due to a raise in the average wages in the State of California which are now just below 2.3 percent from $1,095.70 to $1,120.67 in the year ending on March 31, 2015. This means that this could boost temporary total disability benefits (TTD) and Permanent total disability benefits (PTD) rates for the 2016 claims and other workers Comp benefits that are related to changes in the SAWW.

According to CWCI, the average maximum TTD/PTD rate for 2015 job injuries is 1,103.29 per week. If the SAWW reports are true, injured workers could possibly see an increase on their workers Comp benefits. The average could change from $1,103.29 a week to a maximum of $1,128.43 per week with injury dates on or after January 1, 2016.   As for the average minimum weekly TTD/PTD rates, SAWW also saw an increase from the current $165.49 per week to $169.26 from claims with 2016 dates of injury. These new TTD/PTD rates for 2016 injury claims have been confirmed by the California Workers Compensation Institute (CWCI) with the state Division of Workers Compensation.

The CWCI also reports that these changes could be seen as early as next year, other workers’ compensation benefits could be affected by the recent raise in the SAWW, this also includes TTD paid 2 years or more after the injury, life pension and Permanent Disability payments on or after January 1, 2003. The California Workers compensation institute is going as far as to encourage all claim administrators to review the changes in benefits rates with their legal representatives to make certain that the adjustment are appropriate and accurate in that any under payments can be penalize.

For more information on these changes, please visit the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWIC) website. You may also inquire with adjuster handling your claim or your attorney about how these changes may affect your benefits. If you don’t have an attorney, you should contact one to discuss your case. A lot of workers Compensation firms provide injured workers with free consultations.

Although, the change is not a big one and you will most likely still struggle to make ends meet. Any help is better than no help. And, at the very minimum you can rejoice in the fact that things are starting to look up for the good guys. After all, everyone hates sad endings. Don’t they