How do you find a workers' compensation pay scale?


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Find a workers' compensation pay scale chart on the Social Security Administrations website, SSA.gov, on many state employment law sites and on ProPublica.org, as of 2015. Each site includes some general information about how the state determines pay rates with specific ranges and payment limits according to each tier.

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SSA.gov offers a significant amount of information about the various types of government-sponsored payment assistance programs, including a pay scale for the maximum weekly benefit amounts within the workers' compensation system. After reading the explanation of how to use the charts within the site in different situations, such as during a dispute between the claim holder and the employer regarding the payment amount, scroll to Section C and click on the abbreviation for the state in which you are filing your claim. The charts show a historical catalog of maximum weekly payment amounts according to the date on which the claim begins.

Some state websites also include pay scale charts regarding workers' compensation amounts, including the method for determining the payment threshold in certain locations. For example, North Carolina sets the payment rate as a percentage of the estimated lost wages for the worker over different periods of time rather than as a flat dollar amount. ProPublica.org offers an interactive pay scale system that shows how much workers' compensation benefits you may receive if you lose a limb while working in different states.

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