How is my Defense Base Act compensation rate determined? 

Your compensation rate is calculated at 2/3 of your Average Weekly Wage. Your Average Weekly Wage is a determination of your earning capacity during the 52 weeks prior to your date of accident. We can use your W-2s, paycheck stubs, tax returns and/or your contract of hire to make a calculation of your Average Weekly Wage. If you did not work substantially the whole of the 52 weeks prior to your date of accident, we can calculate your Average Weekly Wage based upon a similar employee or your contract of hire or another alternative method.

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