If you cannot return to work for at least seven days after suffering a work-related injury, you can receive temporary total disability benefits in Atlanta starting on the eighth day of your disability. The first seven days of your disability only become compensable if you are out for more than 21 days.
How long can I receive temporary total disability benefits?
You can receive temporary total disability benefits for as long as you are unable to return to work if you suffered a catastrophic injury. Examples of catastrophic injuries are amputations, paralysis, severe head injuries, and more. If you suffered a non-catastrophic injury, then you can receive benefits for up to 400 weeks.
How much does temporary total disability pay?
The amount you receive in temporary total disability depends on your average weekly wage. These benefits are equal to two-thirds of your average weekly wage. So if you earned $750 a week, then you would receive two-thirds of that ($500). But the maximum you can receive is $525 a week, as of July 1, 2013. The minimum benefit amount is $50.
What if I go back to work at a lower-paying position?
Some workers may still be limited by their disability, but are capable of returning to work. They might perform duties other than those they performed before their injury and they might receive lower wages.
In this case, they would lose their temporary total disability benefits. But they may explore options to receive temporary partial disability benefits if they return to a lower-paying position. Some may even recover permanent partial disability benefits.
Contact Bader Law Firm, LLC for Help Getting Benefits
Temporary total disability benefits can provide injured workers with the financial assistance they need while rehabilitating from an injury. Unfortunately, getting the workers’ compensation you deserve can be tricky in some cases. Talk to an attorney at Bader Law Firm, LLC, about your accident and the benefits you may receive. We’ll help you explore all the various types of income benefits and medical treatment to which you’re entitled.
Set up your appointment today by calling us at 678-562-5595.