Calculating Workers Compensation Payments depends on both the type of injury you have and your hourly wage. In Oklahoma, the Workers’ Compensation Commission has certain guidelines to follow when a person suffers work injuries. However, currently a group of former inmates is filing a class action lawsuit against CAAIR and Simmons Food Inc. for using illegal human labor while masquerading as a rehabilitation program. The workers at the Simmons chicken plant were working without wages and did not receive their workers’ compensation payments after receiving injuries. Although the programs did file for workers’ compensation payments for the workers’ injuries, they kept the wages and did not provide the “employees” with their settlements.
Calculating Workers Compensation Payments
You may wonder how much money the workers’ were entitled to under Oklahoma laws. The men in the suit above are asking for $5M in reimbursement and compensation. However, most workers’ compensation cases are less dramatic and provide benefit amounts following certain guidelines. Under Title 85A §§ 45, 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes, you can find the basic payment calculations.
- Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Payments: $596.03/week
- Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Payments: $851.47/week
- Partial Permanent Disability (PPD) Payments: $323/week
- Death Benefit Payments to Dependents: $596.03/week
The Workers’ Compensation Commission draws up these guidelines from a rough calculation of average weekly wages in the state. In 2016, an average worker in Oklahoma earned approximately $841.91 each week. An Oklahoma worker receiving workers’ compensation payments may receive up to 70% of this amount which estimates to be $590/week. But, as you can see the amount varies slightly depending on the circumstances. Further, after you reach maximum healing capacity, you will receive a lump sum cash settlement.
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