Work is an essential part of a person’s life, allowing them to earn an income and provide for their family. When someone is injured at work, they have the right to receive workers’ compensation to pay for their medical bills and provide for their needs when they are unable to earn an income during their recovery. If an employee’s inability to work is expected to only last for a short time, they may be eligible for either temporary partial disability (TPD) or temporary total disability (TTD), and it is important to understand what is provided in these forms of compensation.
What is Temporary Partial Disability?
If an employee’s injury has resulted in an inability to fully perform their duties, they may only be able to work on a part-time basis or perform lighter duties while they are recovering, and this may result in a reduction in their pay. During this time, the employee can receive temporary partial disability benefits of two-thirds (66 2/3%) of the difference between their normal pay and the reduced pay.
What is Temporary Total Disability?
If an employee is completely unable to work for a certain period of time, they are eligible to receive temporary total disability benefits until they are able to return to work. These benefits will be two-thirds (66 2/3%) of their average weekly wages, with an additional 10% added for the employee’s spouse and each of their children.
If an employee’s temporary total disability lasts for three or more days, then they can begin receiving weekly compensation starting on the fourth day of the disability. If the period of temporary total disability is expected to last for more than 14 days, then compensation will begin the day following the work accident.
Call a Kane County Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you have been injured while on the job, you deserve to receive workers’ compensation that will ensure that you are able to cover your medical bills and provide for yourself and your family while you make a recovery. At Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C., we can help you demonstrate your eligibility for temporary partial disability or temporary total disability, and we can work with you to determine the correct average weekly wage, ensuring that you receive the benefits you are entitled to. To schedule a free initial consultation, please call our experienced Aurora, IL workers’ comp lawyers at 630-907-0909 today.