Am I screwed if I worked a lot of overtime, but now I’m disabled due to getting hurt on the job?
The short answer is no. You just need to make sure you have an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to fight for you and ensure that the insurance company follows the rules and the law correctly.
Under Connecticut law, when you are disabled due to an on-the-job injury, you may be eligible for a weekly workers’ compensation check to replace your lost income. The amount is 75% of your weekly net from before your injury. This amount is calculated by looking at the 52 weeks that you worked before your injury, taking into account and including your overtime earnings.
In some instances, maximum or minimum amounts may be applicable to your situation, so there can definitely be some nuances. However, overall, your weekly workers’ compensation benefit should include money to account for your overtime earnings.