After Joey was injured while working as a pipefitter, he started a long road to recovery. Finally, his doctor said he could return to work, but only for light duty. So, Joey’s employer allowed him to sweep, run errands, and restock supplies. Unfortunately, light duty workers got paid far less than pipefitters. To make up the difference, Joey talked to his attorney about getting temporary partial disability benefits.
The Basics of Temporary Partial Disability Benefits
Workers’ compensation benefits are paid to qualified employees who are injured at work or develop occupational diseases. Typically, the employer’s insurance company covers necessary medical treatment, lost wages, and other benefits that apply. An injured workers’ benefits vary depending on their injury.
Generally, four types of workers’ compensation benefits are available:
- Permanent Total Disability – paid to workers who are completely disabled or meet other criteria for a permanent total loss.
- Permanent Partial Disability – injured employees who have completely or partially lost the use of part of their body or their body as a whole.
- Temporary Total Disability – paid to workers who cannot work or whose employer cannot provide light duty work.
- Temporary Partial Disability – workers who are still healing but can work part-time or full-time light duty.
We’re only looking at temporary partial disability benefits in this article. People who qualify for this benefit receive a certain percentage of the difference between their regular pay and their light-duty pay.
For example, Joey earned $925 a week as a pipefitter. While on temporary partial disability, he only received $500. His temporary partial disability benefits would be the difference ($425) times 66 2/3 for a weekly benefit of $283.33.
This benefit could be helpful, but not all workers will receive it.
Injured Workers That Qualify
Of course, you have to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits first. Workers’ compensation insurance covers most Illinois workers. If you have questions about your eligibility, talk to an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer.
Qualified workers must be injured because of their work. Injuries include occupational diseases caused by on-the-job exposure.
Finally, a workers’ comp beneficiary must be cleared to return to light-duty work and earning less than his or her regular job paid. Alternatively,
Temporary Partial Disability Benefits Provide Financial Help for Some Recovering Workers
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