Can You Receive Benefits for a Temporary Disability?

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The good news is you’re expected to recover. The bad news is having to deal with medical expenses and lost wages during your recovery. If you’ve suffered an on-the-job injury, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits if your disability is temporary.  You’ll want to reach out to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to help you navigate the workers’ compensation process.

Types of Temporary Disability

There are two types of temporary disability resulting from a workplace injury:
  • Temporary partial disability means you are able to return to “light duty work” until you have recovered. If your employer offers this to you, it may be for less than full pay.
  • Temporary total disability means you are unable to return to work at all until you have reached maximum medical improvement as determined by a doctor.

Medical Benefits for Temporary Disability

Temporary disability benefits typically cover the cost of medical care as well as payment for lost wages. Medical payments may include the following: 
  • Medical testing
  • Treatment
  • Prescriptions
  • Medical devices
  • Travel expenses to receive medical treatment
  • Physical therapy
You don’t have to pay a deductible to receive these benefits, and all costs are paid by your employer and/or their workers’ compensation insurer. Your employer has the right to choose the treating physician. You also have the right to obtain treatment at your own cost, or through your health insurer if work injuries are not specifically excluded by the health insurance policy.

Payments for Lost Wages

You may also receive compensation for lost pay due to your workplace injury.
  • For temporary partial disability, you may earn less than full pay while performing “light duty work.” If this is the case, you may receive 66 ⅔% of the difference between your average earnings before your injury and what you earn during your disability period.
  • If you are on temporary total disability you may receive 66 ⅔% of your average weekly wage until you are able to return to work. Benefits will continue until the doctor determines that you can work again OR that you have reached maximum medical improvement. 
  Are you worried about making ends meet while recovering from a workplace injury? Contact The Alberhasky Law Firm for a free consultation. We’ll determine how much you’re eligible for and fight to ensure that your rights are protected.

About the Author

Randy Alberhasky has over 25 years of experience helping those disabled due to a workplace injury or other personal injury. Whether our clients have experienced a permanent or temporary disability in their personal injury or workers’ compensation case,  The Alberhasky Law Firm, P.C. is proud to help these individuals receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries. We will guide you through the lawsuit process and provide the legal counsel needed to help you.

About Randy

During his legal career he has personally tried over 200 workers’ compensation hearings and jury trials, has been counsel in over 50 cases before the Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission, 35 cases in front of the Missouri Court of Appeals and 3 cases before the Missouri Supreme Court. Read More…

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