What Are Temporary Partial Disability Benefits?

If you have been injured on the job, but you are still able to do some work, you may be eligible to receive temporary partial disability benefits. These benefits are paid when you are partially disabled, but can still do modified or light-duty work. If you have lost wages because you had to accept a lower paying position while on light-duty then you may be able to collect a part of the difference between the light duty wages and what you were earning before you were injured.

An example of this would be if you were making $500 a week before you were injured. Your company offers you light-duty work, but will only pay you $300 a week for that position. You may be entitled to collect a portion (usually two-thirds) of the difference between the $500 you were making and the $300 you will earn on light duty. You will get a percentage of the $200 difference as a temporary partial disability benefit.

Why Do You Need Help Applying for Benefits?

It can be difficult sometimes to get approved for this benefit. That is where a lawyer can help. A workers' compensation attorney can provide you with an explanation of your legal rights and help you figure out what benefits you are eligible to receive. Your workers' comp lawyer can help you complete any necessary applications or forms you may need to fill out to apply for benefits and he or she can help you get the documentation together that you will be required to submit with your application.

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