In many states worker's compensation awards average around 60 percent of a worker's pre-injury weekly salary plus permanent impairment benefits, notes AllLaw.com. However, worker's compensation awards vary greatly by state and type of injury, and many states limit weekly compensation to $1,000, regardless of a worker's pre-injury wage.
Most states calculate awards for permanent impairment benefits based on a chart that lists a monetary value for complete loss of use for each body part. Workers suffering from partial impairment receive a percentage of the value based on a doctor's estimate, notes AllLaw.com. For example, if a state chart awards $100,000 for complete loss of use of a hand, a worker with 50 percent loss of use based on a doctor's estimate would receive a $50,000 award.