Washington workers’ compensation benefits set to increase

Washington workers’ compensation benefits set to increase

Most workers in Washington injured on or before July 1, 2016 will have their time-loss and pension benefit payments increased by 4.8 percent as from as from July 1, 2017.

The increase is based on the change in the state’s average wage as announced by the Department of Employment Security last month.

It is a requirement under state law to calculate benefits every year to reflect the change in the state’s average wage from the previous calendar year.

Pension benefits of family members of those who died in a work-related incident or disease are also going to be increased.

Following the increase, the new maximum monthly benefit will be $5,895.70, or 120 percent of the state’s average monthly wage.

According to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, certain injured workers who also receive federal Social Security benefits may not be entitled to this annual cost-of-living increase, while most workers injured between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, will receive their first COLA on July 1, 2018.