Total temporary disability benefits are benefits under the Georgia workers compensation system, where by a doctor has taken an injured worker completely out of work as a result of a work related injury.
Under Georgia law you are entitled to temporary total disability benefits if you are taken out of work for more than seven days.
Temporary total disability benefits are calculated by taking your prior 13 weeks of wages and averaging them, then taking 2/3 of the average with a cap of no more than $500.00 a week currently. The maximum rate has changed recently, and if you were injured several years ago the maximum rate could be lower.
Technically speaking once you start receiving temporary total disability checks also known as income benefits, you are entitled to them for 400 weeks, unless you have a change in condition. A change in condition would be something like when a doctor releases you to either light duty or full duty work. There are other items which could lower the weeks from 400 to 350, but that is not the scope of this post.
If you get released you have undergone a “change in condition” and your benefits would stop under certain conditions.
If you are getting income benefits and are concerned they are not the correct amount, based upon what you were previously earning, call a Georgia Workers Compensation Attorney. The consultation is free.
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.
Ty Wilson is a Georgia workers compensation attorney, with offices in Savannah and Atlanta, who provides free information to the injured and the families of the injured. Visit tywilsonlaw.com to order his FREE Georgia workers compensation “Special Reports” and to read his many articles and to watch his videos.
If you have specific questions for a workers compensation attorney in Georgia, give Ty at call 912-508-4711 in Savannah or 770-948-5454 in Atlanta.