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Utah Injured Employee Workers Compensation Benefits

Workers compensation employee benefit information for the State of Utah

Utah Workers Compensation Medical Benefits -

  • Medical benefits for injured Utah workers are paid without regard to length of disability or amount of cost.

Who Chooses the Physician for Injured Workers in Utah -

  • The employer / carrier has the right to designate a preferred medical provider. The injured Utah worker is required to first seek medical treatment from the preferred provider if one is designated.
  • The injured worker is entitled to make one doctor change. However, they need to notify the insurance carrier or self-insured employer as soon as possible of the change.

Utah Workers Compensation Disability Benefits -

  • Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits:
    • There is a three-day waiting period before TTD benefits can be paid. If they are out of work for more than 14 days, they will receive compensation even for the first three days.
    • An injured worker's wage is paid at 66 2/3%.
    • The weekly payment minimum is $45.
    • The weekly maximum is $702, 100% of the Utah state average weekly wage.
    • Maximum total period of payments is 312 weeks in a 12 year period from the beginning of the injury.
    • Note:
      • A $5 increase in compendation is allowed for a spouse and for each child to the age of 18 limited to a total of 4. The total compensation may not exceed 100% of the Utah state average weekly wage.
      • Current Utah state average weekly wage is: $702

  • Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Benefits:
    • An injured worker's wage is paid at 66 2/3%.
    • The weekly payment minimum is $45.
    • The weekly maximum is $597 85% of the Utah state average weekly wage.
    • Maximum total period of payments is 312 weeks and may be up to life if the worker cannot be rehabilitated.
    • Note:
      • After the 312 weeks th minimum weekly compensation goes to 36% of the Utah state average weekly wage.
      • A $5 increase in compensation is allowed for a spouse and for each child to the age of 18 limited to a total of 4. The total compensation may not exceed 85% of the Utah state average weekly wage.

  • Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits:
    • An injured worker's wage paid is 66 2/3%.
    • The weekly payment minimum is banded between $45 and $70 depending on the number of dependents and is limited to the injured Utah workers average weekly wage.
    • The weekly maximum is $468, 66 2/3% of the Utah state average weekly wage.
    • Note:
      • Non-scheduled injuries have a maximum period of payments of 312 weeks.
      • Non-scheduled injuries maximum amount is $146,016.
      • Special rules apply when a partial disability begins after total disability.


Utah Workers Death/Dependency Benefits -

  • Benefits shall be 66-2/3% of the descendant’s average weekly wage at the time of injury when there are dependents at the time of death. Five dollars for the dependent spouse and for each dependent child under the age of 18 years up to a maximum of $25.00 shall be added to the base weekly benefit amount. The total amount cannot exceed 85% of the state average weekly wage at the time of injury or cannot exceed the average weekly wage of the employee at the time of injury, whichever is less. The weekly maximum $597.00. Also, the amount cannot be less than $45.00 per week before the addition of $5.00 for each dependent. These benefits shall continue for 312 weeks. Benefits may be continued after 312 weeks but are subject to reduction of 50% of any Social Security death benefits received and are contingent upon a determination of dependency.
  • In the event a spouse remarries, he/she will receive 52 weeks of compensation in a lump sum, or the balance of the award, whichever is less.
  • If there are surviving minor children the parent or guardian will continue to receive benefits for the care and support of the minor children until their 18th birthday.
  • “Burial Expenses,” in ordinary cases, shall be paid by the employer/insurance carrier up to $8,000. Unusual cases may result in additional payments either voluntarily by the employer/carrier or through Commission order.


Utah workers Compensation Attorney Fees -

  • Attorney fees are allowed but are capped at 20% for the first $15,000, 15% for the next $15,000 and 10% for the balance. The maximum fee is $10,850.

More specific workers compensation employee benefit information for this state can be found by following the link below. It will take you directly to the state web page containing employee's workers compensation rights and benefits:

http://laborcommission.utah.gov/EmployeePage.html#WorkersComp



Important Notice Please Read: All information on this page is provided only as a reference. While we strive to mantain accurate information on this site please realize workers compensation laws are complicated and subject to change at any time. If you need help with a workers compensation problem or have a specific situation or question please contact our office. Otherwise please consult your states governing authority or an attorney in your state of residency for assistance.


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