Under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act, employees who are injured on the job or contract work-related diseases may be eligible for certain benefits, including compensation for lost wages. If you have been injured or become sick, immediately report this to your employer. Your employer is required by law to file an appropriate report with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission within 10 days. You will then receive a notification letter directing you to file an online claim with the Commission. Your overall workers' compensation benefits depend on the details of your injury or disease. However, it is possible to calculate the weekly benefit to be paid in compensation for lost wages.
Collect your pay stubs for the 52 weeks prior to your injury. Calculate your total earnings over that period and divide the figure by 52. The resulting amount is the average weekly wage as defined under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. If you do not yet have 52 weeks under employment, a figure will be derived using the earnings of similarly employed persons at your place of work or in the local area.
Multiply your average weekly wage by 66.66 percent. The resulting figure is your initial wage compensation amount, which is subject to certain adjustments as described below.
Visit the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission website and access the Chronological Compensation Benefits Chart. This chart lists the minimum and maximum wage compensation amounts for each calendar year. Note the minimum and maximum weekly compensation amounts in the current year. If your initial wage compensation amount falls inside this range, you will receive that amount in weekly benefits, for as long as the law provides. If your initial wage compensation amount falls outside this range, it will be adjusted accordingly.