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What is the difference between the Average Weekly Wage and the Full Weekly Wage in my claim?

Average Weekly Wage (AWW)

In every workers' compensation claim the average weekly wage (AWW) of the injured worker needs to be determined. In general, to calculate the average weekly wage, the injured worker's total earnings for the year prior to the injury are divided by 52 weeks. The AWW establishes the rate at which numerous workers' compensation benefits are paid. However, certain situations exist that warrant the AWW to be calculated using a different formula. Some injured workers may not have worked for a full 52 weeks prior to their injury due to a variety of circumstances. This might entitle the injured worker to exclude those weeks of non-work from the AWW calculation, therefore, increasing the AWW rate and securing higher compensation. To exclude non-work weeks, evidence needs to be submitted that justifies the reason for such exclusion.

Full Weekly Wage (FWW)

The Full Weekly Wage (FWW) is used to determine the injured worker's rate of pay for the first twelve weeks of temporary total compensation. There are two basic ways the FWW can be calculated:

1. Gross wages (plus any overtime) earned over the six weeks prior to

the injury and divided by six.

or

2. Gross wages (excluding any overtime) earned over the seven days prior to

the injury.

Whichever one of these calculations result in a higher amount then that is the calculation used to set the FWW.

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