Average Weekly Wage in Virginia Workers’ Compensation

Employee benefits under Virginia Workers’ Compensation start with a determination of the employee’s average weekly wage. The employee then gets a percentage of this average wage. The average weekly wage is determined as follows:

  • For employees who worked for a full year prior to the accident, yearly wages are divided by 52
  • For employees who worked less than 52 weeks, divide the total wages earned during the time the employee worked by the number of weeks he/she worked
  • In some cases where the employee didn’t work long enough, the average weekly wage of a similarly skilled worker is used
  • Some adjustments may be made for people who worked for the Virginia National Guard, the Virginia Naval Militia, the Virginia Defense Force or other government related occupations. Other adjustments may be made for people who volunteer their time, like volunteer firefighters, auxiliary or reserve police, volunteer emergency medical technicians, or other people who benefit the community but don’t get paid like standard commercial employees
  • Adjustments may also apply for people who help the Department of Emergency Management

Contact a Norfolk Workers’ Comp Lawyer for Help

If you’ve suffered an injury at work, you don’t need to prove the employer was at fault to collect your workers’ compensation benefits. Norfolk attorney Joe Miller at Joe Miller Law, Ltd., can help show that you were an employee and that you were injured in an accident on the job. Once those facts are shown, he’ll help you fight for every dime you deserve. To learn more about what he can do to help you, call Joe Miller Law, Ltd., today at (888) 694-1671.