Workers’ Compensation and Temporary Disability

Rispoli & Borneo P.C.

There are many times when a person may become injured at work and be able to return to work quickly. Perhaps they suffered from a broken bone but can still come back to work after a doctor has treated them or they may need only a few days to rest and recover before getting back to their job. In other, more serious instances, a person may have an injury that leaves them with a temporary disability. When this is the case, they may be unable to return to work right away and may need help getting more continued benefits through workers’ compensation. How does a worker get these benefits? 

What are the first steps in getting temporary disability compensation? 

First, it is important to get as much information as possible before filing a workers’ compensation claim. You do not want to file a claim immediately after an accident before you understand what kind of injuries you have and what the treatment will be. At this stage, it is extremely important that you seek help from a doctor who can diagnose your injury and give you an idea of the treatment plan you will need and what your recovery time might be. 

What does it mean to have a temporary disability? 

A temporary disability is when a person becomes injured and they will not be able to return to work while they are recovering. During this time, they will likely need to use their workers’ compensation benefits to help with the income they are losing. A lawyer, like a workers’ compensation lawyer from a law firm like Rispoli & Borneo, P.C. knows that receiving temporary disability benefits is not as simple as receiving workers’ compensation benefits after your injury and it may require further information from your treating doctor regarding your injury and your recovery process. 

If you are able to do a limited amount of work, you may still be able to receive temporary partial disability benefits through workers’ compensation. 

What kind of payments can I expect? 

If you are successful in getting your temporary disability payments, you can likely expect roughly ⅔ of your average weekly paycheck. The exact amount you get may differ based on the state you are in. 

Do you need help with your workers’ compensation claim or are you worried that it will be denied for any reason? Reach out to a local attorney to see what role they can play in helping you receive your benefits.