If a doctor believes that an injured worker has not reached the level of maximum medical improvement, and should be completely off of work as a result of an injury, the person is entitled to receive Temporary Total Disability Benefits. These benefits are paid at a rate of 66 2/3% of the claimant’s average weekly wage. Average weekly wage is established by taking the average of the claimant’s earnings for the 13 weeks before the industrial accident. If a person did not work substantially the whole of the 13 weeks before the accident (at least 75% of those weeks), then alternate methods are used. One alternate method would be to determine whether there exists a similar employee who was performing the same type of work at the same rate of pay for similar number of hours per week. If there was no similar employee, then the claimant’s actual earnings could be used during the limited period of time after the accident.