Injuries at the workplace can lead to time away from work for medical treatment and recovery, which in turn can lead to lost wages. Depending on your injuries and case, you may be entitled to specific workers’ compensation benefits, including the following.
Temporary Total Disability (TTD)
If you are unable to work for 14 consecutive days due to doctor’s orders, you are entitled to Temporary Total Disability (TTD). TTD means the condition of an employee who has not reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) from an injury and has not reached a level of improvement that would permit a return to employment. The TTD amount is two-thirds of the average weekly wage, excluding overtime pay.
Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)
Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) is paid to individuals who have a permanent impairment rating based on the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. Injured workers are usually not compensated until the worker has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI), which is determined by a medical professional. In most cases, the worker will be entitled to weekly PPD for 425 weeks beginning on the date the worker reached MMI. However, impairment ratings exceeding 50% can result in a worker receiving weekly PPD for up to 520 weeks.
Permanent Total Disability
To qualify for Permanent Total Disability the work injury has to be significant to the point that the worker is not able to work again in any capacity. The duration of benefits under Permanent Total Disability usually exceeds 425 or even 520 weeks, which is the typical duration under Permanent Partial Disability.
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