Ocala, FL Temporary Wage Benefits
Sometimes workplace injuries result in disabilities or serious bodily harm to dedicated employees. If these injuries are so serious that doctors prohibit you from performing work duties for at least five consecutive days, or if your employer does not allow you to perform certain duties that usually contribute to your wages, you may be entitled to temporary wage loss benefits. A workers’ compensation lawyer in Ocala, FL can help you determine your eligibility.
Types of Temporary Wage Loss Benefits
Ask a workers’ comp attorney in Ocala, FL, about the types of wage benefits available to injured employees. Some are temporary, and others are permanent benefits that provide compensation to injured employees (and at times their children) for the rest of the injured employee’s life. The type of wage benefit a worker receives depends on the type and severity of the disability. Two of the most common benefits are Temporary Total Disability Payments (TTD) and Temporary Partial Disability Payments (TPD).
Temporary wage benefits are issued every two weeks to eligible injured workers within 14 days of submission of a workers’ compensation claim. In most cases, injured workers receive payments that are worth about two-thirds of the gross wages they lost during their recovery. All injured workers receive detailed instructions and updates about their status as recipients of temporary wage benefits, including ending dates, wage changes and general information. A workers’ compensation lawyer can help you understand your rights and responsibilities, as well as what to expect as a recipient of temporary wage benefits.
Temporary Total Disability Payments (TTD)
Workers who are unable to work at all during their recovery are typically eligible for Temporary Total Disability Payments (TTD). Qualifying workers may also receive a small amount of additional funds each week to take care of a dependent child (i.e. anyone under the age of 18, a full-time college student and/or anyone over the age of 18 years that is physically or mentally incapable of providing self-care).
Temporary Partial Disability Payments (TPD)
If an injured worker is able to perform at least some type of work during his/her recovery but earns wages that are below the legal limit, then he/she may be eligible to receive Temporary Partial Disability Payments (TPD) for a maximum of five years. Because partial disabilities still allow injured workers to earn at least a portion of their previous income, TPD payments end when an injured worker's’ wages return to at least 90 percent of the wages earned before the injury.
There are other types of benefits available to injured workers besides TTD and TPD. Injured workers who experience a permanent disability that prevents them from ever working again or performing basic life activities (such as sitting, standing, speaking, walking etc.) may be considered for permanent partial and/or total disability payments. A workman’s comp attorney in Ocala, FL can help you determine which form of disability benefits matches your circumstances.
Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Ocala, FL
Let experienced Ocala workers’ compensation attorney with Schatt Hesser Mcgraw P.A. attend to your case of temporary or permanent disability. Our lawyers can represent you during and after your recovery, ensuring you obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.