Two Common Types of Lost Wages One Would Receive Because of a Work Injury
It is common that Workers’ Compensation will not pay an injured worker the full amount of their regular wages. However if you are currently treating with a Workers’ Compensation approved doctor, then you may be entitled to claim certain types of lost wages. Two common types are Temporary Total Disability and Temporary Partial Disability.
Temporary Total Disability and Temporary Partial Disability.
If a Workers’ Compensation doctor removes you from work entirely for some time, you may be able to receive Temporary Total Disability benefits. Temporary Total Disability is calculated to be 66.67 percent of your average weekly wage. This benefit may be available to you even if you no longer work for the employer because your doctor is telling you that you simply cannot work because of your injuries.
On the other hand, if a Workers’ Compensation doctor says you may return to work with restrictions, but your employer cannot accommodate your restrictions, you may be entitled to receive Temporary Partial Disability benefits. Temporary Partial Disability is calculated as 64 percent of your average weekly wage. In fact, if your employer has work for you within your restrictions but you now make less than 80 percent of your average weekly wage, you may still be entitled to Temporary Partial Disability benefits.
Navigating what types of benefits you are owed can be difficult. If you are in doubt, there is no reason to take a risk and jeopardize your claim. The best move would be to speak to an attorney so that you can ensure that you’re receiving that which you are entitled by law. Call our office for a free consultation and further information.