Types of Temporary DisabilityThere are two types of temporary disability resulting from a workplace injury:
- Temporary partial disability means you are able to return to “light duty work” until you have recovered. If your employer offers this to you, it may be for less than full pay.
- Temporary total disability means you are unable to return to work at all until you have reached maximum medical improvement as determined by a doctor.
Medical Benefits for Temporary DisabilityTemporary disability benefits typically cover the cost of medical care as well as payment for lost wages. Medical payments may include the following:
- Medical testing
- Medical devices
- Travel expenses to receive medical treatment
- Physical therapy
Payments for Lost WagesYou may also receive compensation for lost pay due to your workplace injury.
- For temporary partial disability, you may earn less than full pay while performing “light duty work.” If this is the case, you may receive 66 ⅔% of the difference between your average earnings before your injury and what you earn during your disability period.
- If you are on temporary total disability you may receive 66 ⅔% of your average weekly wage until you are able to return to work. Benefits will continue until the doctor determines that you can work again OR that you have reached maximum medical improvement.
About the Author
Randy Alberhasky has over 25 years of experience helping those disabled due to a workplace injury or other personal injury. Whether our clients have experienced a permanent or temporary disability in their personal injury or workers’ compensation case, The Alberhasky Law Firm, P.C. is proud to help these individuals receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries. We will guide you through the lawsuit process and provide the legal counsel needed to help you.