Disability (TTD) Benefits
Workers in the tens of thousands become hurt each year while at work. Many are unable temporarily to return to work until they are recovered from sustained injuries or an illness.
Workers have a right, under state law, to receive compensation for lost time from work when they sustained injuries under workers compensation on the job.
Nearly all employees qualify for this benefit. The amount of money, however, they receive can vary depending on how a particular claim is handled.
Commonly, the term used to describe the benefits is disability (TTD) benefits, or temporary total disability.Worker’s Compensation Lost Time Benefits
There were about tens of thousands of workers compensation claims, nearly a decade ago in the state, with a number of these regarding workers missing time from jobs as a result of sustained injuries or endured illness.
Disability (TTD) benefits, or temporary total disability, occurs when a worker is unable to return to work as a result of workplace illness or injury.
When wages and time are lost because of a work injury that causes temporary total disability, workers can become eligible under the Worker’s Compensation Act for lost time benefits.
Temporary total disability benefits are calculated on a weekly basis, based on earnings of an employee,
To become eligible for and receive compensation, employees must fulfill a particular criteria regarding an illness or injury, such as: miss approximately three days of work because of an illness or work injury; the injury must have occurred on the job. However, this injury may be covered for benefits, even if the results were partial from the work of the employee; and the employee must notify his or her employer of the illness or injury.
Employees must pay for or deny to pay temporary total disability benefits within two weeks of the injury.
Of lost time from work, the first three days is not compensated unless an employee misses two weeks or more; then the employee can receive benefits after the injury starting that day.
Time loss benefits cease once an employee is released by his or her doctor to return to the workplace.
If the employee goes back to work, however, for light duty, and receives a lower wage in pay, that employee may qualify to receive TPD, or Temporary Partial Disability, which normally pays the difference between his or her regular wage, and the wage for light duty.
There are minimum and maximums set for disability (TTD) benefits based on about 2/3 of the salary of employees.
The compensation amount, however, can fluctuate. This is why having an experienced attorney specializing in worker’s compensation can help workers who sustained injuries aim to receive:The maximum amount of temporary total disability compensation; a higher benefit based on temporary partial disability overtime hours when applicable; compensation when and employer denies his or her claim; and compensation for sustained injury that was due partially to the work.
Temporary total disability benefits for time lost have no time restrictions, and can be indefinitely made.
If the injury, however, is considered to be permanent, a work injury attorney can help in the pursuit of compensation for permanent disability.