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What temporary total disability benefits can a worker obtain?

Workplace injuries can wreak havoc in a worker's life. Due to unsafe working conditions, a worker may suffer any number of injuries, from minor scrapes or sprains, to more serious injuries which could lead to long-term or lifelong care, or even death. Under the guidelines enshrined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers are required to ensure that the workplace is safe for all workers.

In some cases, workers who have suffered from permanent disability due to the workplace injuries or loss of limbs also have the right to seek social security disability benefits in addition to workers' compensation. Workers suffering from temporary total or partial disability, however, have fewer rights to compensation under the labor laws. In most cases though, the workers are compelled to consult experienced professional attorneys to advocate their case for compensation.

Temporary total disability benefits can be awarded to those workers who are rendered unable to work on a temporary basis due to the workplace injury suffered. Temporary total disability benefits can also be given to workers who have been recommended by the medical practitioners to do work that qualifies as "light duty" but are unable to obtain such work from their employers.

If the worker is unable to work for more than two weeks, he or she may be eligible for temporary total disability benefits. Such benefits are calculated as two-thirds of the worker's weekly salary. The amount calculated is, however, subjected to a minimum as well as maximum prescribed limit. The worker would continue to receive the disability benefits so calculated until he or she is found fit to return to work or until he or she exhausts the maximum medical improvement limit.

Source: IWCC.IL.gov, "Illinois workers' compensation commission," Accessed on May 21, 2015

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