Top 4 Types of Workers’ Compensation BenefitsSome of the workers’ compensation benefits you may be entitled to include the following:
1. Temporary Total DisabilityIf your doctor says you have to practice certain restrictions at work or gives restrictions that your employer cannot ignore, you are eligible for temporary total disability (TTD) benefits. The payments are two-thirds of the gross average weekly salary you earn over the last 52 weeks before the day of your injury.
2. Temporary Partial DisabilitySay you can return to work after your workplace accident, but your injuries force you to work in a lower capacity. In this case, you may have your hours reduced, take on achievable or less-demanding roles or even earn a lower salary. In this case, you are eligible for temporary partial disability (TPD) benefits. These benefits are two-thirds of the difference between your original and existing (post-accident) average weekly income. The amount cannot exceed $450/week, and it is usually paid for 350 weeks starting from the day you were injured.
3. Permanent Partial Disability BenefitsIf you get a permanent disability because of a workplace accident but do not get the above benefits, you may be eligible for permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits. Employers in Illinois have to pay these benefits to workers who suffered from physical impairment, amputation, or disfigurement caused by a workplace accident. It is usually paid to workers who have reached maximum medical improvement. These benefits are calculated as per the degree of disfigurements such as burns, cuts, abrasions, skin grafts, loss of skin, etc. You and your employer have to establish the number of weeks for benefits, and if you cannot agree, an IWCC arbitrator can. The maximum number of weeks you can get is 162. The established duration is multiplied by 60% of your weekly wages to determine the total amount.
4. Death BenefitsIf a worker dies because of a workplace accident or from injuries/illnesses sustained from workplace practices, their dependents may qualify for death benefits. These are income replacement benefits that include funeral and burial expenses. Important note – A workers' compensation lawyer in Waukegan will tell you that pain and suffering damages are usually one to three times the cost of your medical bills and lost wages.
Contact Robert Edens for a Consultation Regarding Workers’ Compensation BenefitsGetting appropriate workers' compensation can be a challenge. The process is quite complicated, and your claim can be denied for several reasons unless you hire an experienced workers' compensation lawyer in Waukegan from The Law Offices of Robert T. Edens. We have been fighting for the rights of employees like you in Illinois for decades and know what it takes to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Get in touch with us for a consultation today!