What is a Wage Differential In Workers’ Compensation?

What is a Wage Differential In Workers’ Compensation?

wage differentialMost Illinois workers are aware of essential Workers’ Compensation benefits such as covered medical treatment disability payments. However, there is one other benefit that is essential for their financial security. It’s called ‘wage differential,’ and it can ensure you can go a long way in reducing your stress if you suffer from serious workplace injuries.

What is a Wage Differential?

If your workplace injury incapacitates you to the point that you have to quit your job, you may be eligible for a wage differential settlement.


Here is how it works. Whether your injuries prevent you from working permanently or temporarily, your employer may offer to give you ‘light duty’ that can accommodate your physical limitations.


If the new position hurts your salary, you are eligible for a solution that pays you part of the difference. It is called wage differential benefits, and it can only be applied if you qualify for Workers’ Compensation.


If you are eligible, you are entitled to 2/3 of the difference between your old wages and your light-duty salary as per wage differential laws. So not only will you get a regular paycheck for your new position, but you will also get a workers’ compensation check for 2/3rds of the difference between the wages.


To qualify for a wage differential settlement, you have to prove that you cannot pursue your original and customary line of employment. An experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer in Antioch can help you establish this and calculate the amount you can receive. They can also help you determine if you are eligible for this award or not.


If your light-duty job puts your recovery and health at risk, you are a good candidate for temporary total disability (TTD) payments. You can also claim this benefit if your employer is unable to accommodate your limitations at work.

Denied Wage Differential Payments? Here is What You Should Do

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act describes how and when an injured employee is eligible for wage differential payments. However, this doesn’t mean that employers and insurance companies will comply. In some cases, they may try to withhold benefits by saying you are ineligible.


Contact us to discuss your legal options if you or someone you know qualifies for wage differential payments, but cannot get them because of uncooperative employers/insurance companies. As a dedicated and skilled Workers’ Compensation lawyer in Antioch, Robert Edens can develop a strategy that can ensure you get the compensation you deserve. His team of lawyers has recovered millions of dollars in claims for their clients. Ensuring you can get a wage differential settlement is barely a challenge for them.

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You can get in touch with him and his team of workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert T. Edens in Antioch, Waukegan, Libertyville, Woodstock, and Chicago, IL. At this point, the worst thing you can do is rely on advice from your employer or insurance company. They may try to sabotage your claim. We can ensure they don’t get away with it. Get in touch with us for a consultation today!

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