What Are Temporary Total Disability Benefits?

Temporary total disability benefits are the benefits you are entitled to in order to help you replace lost wages when you have been injured on the job. Benefits are paid by the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company. You can qualify for temporary total disability benefits if you are not able to do any kind of work due to your injuries. Some states refer to these benefits as wage loss benefits or time loss benefits.

When you are injured on the job your employer will send you to a doctor for evaluation. This doctor is responsible for determining if you are temporarily totally disabled or if you can continue to work. If you cannot work then you can collect workers’ comp insurance benefits until you are able to return to work.

Where Can You Go For Assistance?

A lawyer can help you during this period. A workers' compensation attorney can advise you of your rights and help you request a second or third opinion if you disagree with the first doctor you are sent to. Your attorney will help you get the benefits you are entitled to for as long as you are totally disabled.

In general, you can collect these benefits until the doctor releases you from care and tells you that you can return to your former position, or if your doctor states that you have a permanent disability that is unlikely to improve with continued treatment. A lawyer can help you complete the forms in order to claim benefits until you recover. If you remain partially or completely disabled, a workers' comp lawyer can help you obtain any other benefits you may be entitled to.

You can speak with a workers' comp attorney by filling out our Free Case Evaluation.