The Utah Department of Employment Security has determined the average weekly wage in Utah during 1990 was $377.65, which means workers' compensation benefits paid July 1, 1991, to June 30, 1992, will be based upon a maximum of $378 per week.
State Industrial Commission Chairman Stephen M. Hadley said the $378 weekly figure is higher than the $364 established for the current fiscal year.A quick reference guide to workers' compensation benefits effective July 1, 1991, being distributed by Joyce A. Sewell, director of the commission's Industrial Accidents Division, outlines these benefits:
- Temporary total disability benefits will be paid at the rate of 66.67 percent of the employee's average weekly wages at time of the injury so long as the disability is total, but not more than 100 percent of the state average weekly wage at the time of the injury and not less than a minimum of $45 per week plus $5 for a dependent spouse and $5 for each dependent child under 18 years of age.
- A maximum of $378 per week for temporary partial disability benefits.
- A maximum of $252 per week for permanent partial disability.
- For a permanent total disability a maximum of $321 per week in benefits.
- No compensation is payable for the first three calendar days following the day of the injury. However, if the period of total temporary disability extends beyond 14 calendar days, compensation shall also be paid for the first three calendar days after the accident. The three-day waiting period is established just once and the days do not need to be consecutive.
- Continuing medical treatment and payment of costs so long as the treatment is connected with the industrial accident or occupational disease.
- Maximum payment of $1,800 for each prosthesis appliance, but the commission has the power in unusual cases to order payment of additional sums as it may determine to be just and proper.
- Death benefits will be 66.67 percent of the decedent's average weekly wage at the time of the injury if there are wholly dependent persons at the time of death. Five dollars for the dependent spouse and for each dependent child under the age of 18 up to a maximum of $25 shall be added to the base weekly benefit amount.
- Burial expenses cannot exceed $1,800 in ordinary cases. The commission has power in unusual cases to award payment of additional sums as it may determine to be just and proper.
- Regarding occupational diseases, compensation is similar in broad respect to that derived from accidents.