My name is Stacy Crider and I’m the workers compensation attorney at the Hankey Law Office.
If you’re watching this video and you’re going through a workers compensation claim and you are off of work for any reason, there are certain things you need to know about whether or not you qualify for Temporary Total Disability or TTD benefits. Those are the weekly checks that people are sometimes eligible for if they’re off of work because of a workplace injury. It tends to be 66% of your wages and you have to be placed off of work, typically, from a workplace a workers compensation doctor in order to be eligible for those benefits.
Now, other things can really affect whether or not you are eligible for those TTD benefits. If you’re off of work because of a workplace injury and the doctor that you’re seeing, that work comp has sent you to, has placed you off of work and you’re still technically employed with the employer, then you should receive those temporary total disability benefits. Those come from the insurance company and they’ll be weekly checks that you’ll get, again, at 66% of your salary. If it’s your own doctor that places you off of work it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re automatically eligible for TTD. There are arguments that can be made – it is possible that we can try to get you those benefits – but you should see an attorney to really evaluate whether or not that means that you can get the TTD or if that’s a viable resource for you.
If your employer releases you from employment because of misconduct, a failed drug test, or any other reason – or you quit your job – you would not be entitled to Temporary Total Disability. That is also true if you get another job. If you get another job, you are not going to get the Temporary Total Disability from your previous employer even if you get off of work for something like a srugery or some other big event. If you found another job or you quit your job, you’ve given up your right to TTD benefits.
I hope you found this information helpful. If you need any help with your workers compensation claim or you have any questions about Temporary Total Disability, please feel free to give me a call. My name is Stacy Crider, and we’re here to help you.