FairLaw Firm Boosts Value of Workers’ Compensation Claims By Increasing Wages
The FairLaw Firm Helps to Boost the Value of Workers’ Compensation Claims by Increasing Wages Earned
I practice wage, hour, and overtime law in Miami – not workers’ compensation. But, I work closely with workers’ compensation attorneys to assist their clients in recovering all of the wages they earned. I have come to understand that a workers’ compensation claimant’s wages are calculated based upon the wages earned during three months prior to the accident.
What I have learned in my practice is that when I have helped clients recover their unpaid wages and/or unpaid overtime wages, the wage loss component of that same client’s pending workers’ compensation claim also increases. To put this into perspective, let’s say a client earned $10.00 per hour and worked an average of 60 hours per week for the three months prior to having an accident. Assuming that the claimant was entitled to overtime wages, his or her gross wages during the three months prior to the accident would increase ($5.00 x 20hrs x 12wks) by $1,200.00.
If the claimant’s workers’ compensation attorney referred him or her to the FairLaw Firm to assert an unpaid overtime wage claim, then that same client could also recover twice the amount of unpaid overtime wages (in addition to attorneys’ fees and costs) either during or after the workers’ compensation claim has been resolved. This means that for a claimant, he or she could reap a significant benefit by pursuing a wage theft claim for unpaid overtime.
So, the next time you evaluate a workers’ compensation claimant’s unpaid wages, be on the lookout for unpaid overtime wages – your client will thank you.