In the state of Illinois, most workers who sustain an injury on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation. Furthermore, employers legally have to cover the cost of workers’ compensation benefits. This includes benefits for temporary total disability.
Temporary Total Disability
Some of the benefits workers’ comp pays for include:
- Medical expenses resulting from an injury on the job.
- Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits while the employee is recovering from injury.
- Permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits in cases where an employee has sustained a permanent disability or disfigurement but can still work.
- Permanent total disability (PTD) benefits in cases where an employee is permanently unable to work.
- Death benefits for surviving family members of an employee killed on the job.
Let’s look at TTD benefits in more detail.
What Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Covers
In the state of Illinois, TTD benefits provide two-thirds (66%) of the employee’s average weekly wage (AWW) in cases where the employee is (a) temporarily unable to return to work because of their injuries as indicated by a doctor, or (b) able to do light-duty work, but the employer is unable to accommodate the employee.
How To Calculate TTD Benefits and How Long They Last
TTD benefits rely on weekly minimum and maximum limits, so the amount a person will receive will vary. The employee’s average weekly wage is generally based on gross (pre-tax) wages for the 52-week period prior to the date of the injury. In other words, they look at the wages a person has earned in the past year to determine their benefit amount.
Other factors could also impact the wages a person will receive. These include whether the person had more than one job at the time of the injury. Plus, how consistently the person worked during the prior 52-week period.
Once a person notifies their employer of their injury, the employer has to make the first TTD payment within 14 days of receiving the notice. The best way to ensure an employer makes the payment promptly is to send them a written notice. Also ensure you include a doctor’s note detailing the injury.
When to Secure the Services of an Attorney
Unfortunately, employers often delay or dispute disability payments which can create significant financial hardship for injured employees and their families.
If you’ve been injured on the job and your disability payments have been delayed, denied or you’re not receiving adequate compensation, the expert attorneys at Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD. can help.