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How to Calculate NE Workers’ Comp Benefits

If you are injured while working in Nebraska and require medical treatment, workers’ compensation pays dollar for dollar for the treatment that is reasonable, necessary and related to the work injury.

Employers and employees often disagree about the treatments an injured worker needs or when the worker is well enough to return to work. The Omaha workers’ compensation lawyers at Andres Law Offices, PC LLO can help you get fair compensation for your work injuries.

If your injury or illness is work-related, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance should cover all the costs of treatment for that injury or illness. Injuries are considered work-related if they occurred at the workplace while you were doing your work; repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome are also considered work-related if they resulted from the physical demands of your job. Whether a certain illness is considered an occupational disease depends on your profession.

If your employer accepts your claim, workers’ comp will pay for all aspects of your treatment. This includes doctor visits, prescription drugs, medical devices, surgery, and physical therapy.

Calculating Your Average Weekly Pay

If your injury is serious enough that you must stay out of work for several weeks, workers’ comp will pay you a percentage of your income. The maximum pay a worker can get in workers’ comp benefits in Nebraska in 2022 is $983.00 per week. The amount you are actually paid while completely off work is 66 2/3% of your average weekly wage before the work accident. This is generally calculated by averaging the gross wages of the 26 weeks leading up to the work injury. 

If you have a injury that leaves you unable to work, workers’ comp may pay you two thirds of your pre-injury pay rate. If your permanent injury renders you only able to do light duty work that pays less than your old job, workers’ comp may pay you a percentage of the difference.

Contact Andres Law Offices, PC LLO About Workers’ Compensation Benefit Questions

An Omaha workers’ compensation lawyer can help you get enough workers’ compensation benefits to make ends meet when you are unable to work because of an injury. Contact Andres Law Offices, PC LLO in Omaha, Nebraska about your case.