Temporary Disability Benefits
If you are injured at work and are unable to do your usual job, you may be eligible for temporary disability benefits during your recovery. Disability benefits are payments for lost wages because either 1) your treating doctor determined you are unable to do your usual job for more than 3 days, and 2) your employer doesn’t offer you other work that pays your usual wages while you recover.
There are 2 types of temporary disability benefits and San Gabriel Valley can help you with this. If it is determined that you can’t work at all during the recovery period, you may receive temporary total disability benefits. However, if you can do some work while recovering and your employer offers it, you may receive temporary partial disability benefits if your wages while recovering are below a maximum limit set by law.
Determining the exact amount of disability benefits due can be complicated; however, San Gabriel Valley is available to answer your questions. As a rule, temporary disability benefits are 2/3 of the pre-tax wages you lose while recovering from the industrial injury. However, you can’t receive more than the legally set maximum weekly amount or less than the minimum weekly amount.
If your injury is covered by workers’ compensation, disability benefits are due within 14 days of your employer learning that you have an industrial injury and that your treating doctor determines that your industrial injury prevents you from doing your usual work.
Temporary disability benefits may stop for any one of several reasons including your doctor returning you to work in some capacity. If you have questions, please contact San Gabriel Valley at (951) 394-3640
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