Workers’ compensation benefits cover many areas of a workers’ needs after an injury on the job. Depending on the nature of the injury and the length of the recovery time required, workers compensation offers different types of wage loss benefits to help employees stay on top of their finances while they recover.
Recovering workers may generally receive either temporary partial benefits or temporary total benefits, although these are not the only types of coverage an employee may receive.
Temporary partial benefits may apply to a worker who suffers an injury and is not able to work in the same capacity he or she did before the injury, if that worker still retains some ability to earn. In these cases, workers compensation may provide some benefits while still allowing the worker to earn income, sometimes in a different position with the same employer.
Temporary total benefits may occur when an employee suffers such a serious injury that he or she cannot perform a job at all while recovering. For an employee with such an injury, workers’ compensation may provide more substantial benefits during recovery.
While the specifics may change depending on a number of variables, temporary total benefits are generally calculate based on a portion of the employees pre-injury wages. If you believe that you deserve temporary benefits from a workers compensation claim, it is important o make sure that you fully understand your rights and the full scope of benefits you have available.
An experienced attorney can help you assess your needs and protect your rights as you recover from your workplace injury and move into the next season of life.
Source: FindLaw, “Workers’ Comp Benefits and Returning to Work,” accessed Feb. 23, 2018