(a) Lifetime income benefits shall be calculated by multiplying the employee's average weekly wage by .75. The lifetime income benefit payable each week under this formula shall not exceed the weekly maximum benefit under the Workers' Compensation Act, § 4.11, for the first year of benefits.
(b) Each year on the anniversary date of the day lifetime income benefits began to accrue, the amount of those benefits being paid shall be increased by 3.0%. The employee is entitled to the annual increase without regard to the limits imposed by the maximum weekly benefit. The increase shall be paid without further action by the commission.
The provisions of this § 131.2 adopted to be effective April 15, 1991, 16 TexReg 1885.