Temporary Total Disability
If you are injured at work and are unable to return to work for a period of time, you are entitled to temporary total disability benefits. Temporary total disability benefits are typically the first workers’ compensation benefits an employee receives following an accident. While every employee is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for a work-related injury, the benefits are not always forthcoming. Having a knowledgeable workers’ comp attorney in your corner can make all the difference. At Noonan Perillo & Thut Ltd., we are experienced in helping clients process their workers’ compensation claims properly so that nothing stands between you and the compensation you deserve.
Mechanics of Temporary Total Disability
You are eligible for what is known as temporary total disability if you are physically unable to return to work in any capacity following a workplace injury. When your doctor certifies that you are ready to return to work (or have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI), your benefits end. These benefits are paid out on a weekly basis according to your base salary. Specifically, TTD benefits are 2/3 of your average weekly wage (based on the previous year’s salary). These calculations are subject to state maximums and minimums.
Calculating temporary total disability benefits can be challenging particularly if your wages fluctuate throughout the year. You and the insurance company may have differing opinions as to the amount of your TTD benefits. Our attorneys can help make sure that you get what you are entitled to. Once you return to work and TTD benefits are over, you may qualify for permanent partial disability benefits as well.
If you have been injured in a work-related accident, the best way to make sure you get the full compensation for your injury and lost wages is to hire an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to represent your interests. Our firm is skilled in handling these cases and we work on a contingency basis. From our office in Waukegan we serve clients throughout Lake County and across Illinois. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation.