If you are unable to work because of you injury, or because of surgery or other treatment for your injury, you are entitled to payment for lost wages. These payments are called Temporary Total Disability (TTD). TTD benefits should be paid until the doctor says that you can return to work or when your treatment is concluded because your condition has reached “maximum medical improvement,” whichever occurs first.
Three things to keep in mind about TTD:
- TTD is most commonly calculated as 2/3 of your average weekly wage for the 13 weeks prior to your injury.
- TTD is supposed to be paid weekly.
- TTD is not taxable.
If your doctor clears you can perform light or modified duty work with certain restrictions and your employer offers you such work, you may not be eligible for TTD benefits. If you return to light or modified duty at less than full pay, the workers’ compensation law requires that temporary partial disability benefits be paid to you. The payments combined with your light duty pay should give you at least as much pay as your TTD rate.
We help people who have been injured in work accidents. We offer a free consultation so that you may discuss your concerns with an experienced attorney. Contact us online or call our St. Louis office at 314-862-6865 to schedule your free initial consultation. When you meet with us, ask about:
- Evening and weekend appointments
- Home and hospital visits
- No attorneys fees unless you collect