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When an injured worker is totally disabled and entitled to disability benefits, how much do they receive each week?


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When an injured worker is totally disabled and entitled to disability benefits, how much do they receive each week?

Injured workers entitled to weekly disability benefits, or indemnity benefits, get 2/3 of their “average weekly wage.” Average weekly wage is generally defined as the average amount of income received by the injured worker during the 52 weeks immediately before their workers’ compensation injury. 2/3 of the average weekly wage is the “compensation rate.” Injured workers receive their compensation rate while out of work due to a workers’ compensation injury. Special determinations are made for injured workers that did not have a full 52 week work history with their employer before their injury. In North Carolina, there are also minimum and maximum compensation rates mandated by law.