If you have been injured in the course and scope of your employment, it is important to know that the workers’ compensation system will provide you with two types of benefits – weekly income benefits and medical treatment. This entry will discuss the various types of income benefits that an Injured Worker may be entitled to receive.
Under Georgia law, there are three (3) distinctly different types of income benefits that Injured Workers may be entitled to:
- 1) Temporary Total Disability Benefits (TTD)
If a doctor removes you from work completely, or if your employer is unable to accommodate your light duty work restrictions, then you may be entitled to TTD benefits. Workers entitled to TTD benefits receive two-thirds (2/3) of their average weekly wage up to a maximum of $575/week. An Injured Worker is entitled to receive TTD benefits for up to 400 weeks from the date of their accident.
- 2) Temporary Partial Disability Benefits (TPD)
If you return to work following your accident and are earning less money than you were prior to your workplace accident, then you may be entitled to TPD benefits. Workers entitled to TPD benefits receive two-thirds (2/3) of the difference between what they were earning prior to the accident and what they are receiving after the accident up to a maximum of $383.00. An injured worker can receive these benefits for up to 350 weeks from the date of their accident.
- 3) Permanent Partial Disability Benefits (PPD)
In the event that your authorized treating physician assigns you what is known as a “permanent impairment rating,” then you could be entitled to PPD benefits. These PPD benefits can be paid out in one lump sum payment, or on a weekly basis. The amount of PPD benefits that you will receive will depend upon the impairment rating assigned, your average weekly wage, and the body part to which the impairment rating is assigned.
Have you or a loved one been involved in a workplace accident? It is important that you contact an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation in order to ensure that your rights are adequately represented. Contact the attorneys at Dan Chapman & Associates. We offer free case evaluations and collect no fees unless you win!