The basic questions are often the most important when a Louisiana worker suffers workplace injuries or is diagnosed with an occupational disease. One that frequently arises is how much they will receive in workers’ compensation benefits if they are determined to have temporary total disability. As the name suggests, a person in this situation will be totally disabled, but it is not permanent and they are expected to eventually improve.
Their improvement and whether they can return to work is determined as time passes, but while they are unable to work they will receive two-thirds of their wages while they are on temporary total disability. This applies to self-employment or occupation for wages. It is irrelevant whether the person was injured while he or she was engaging in their normal duties at the time of the incident. Nor is it relevant if the person was educated, trained, or educated for that work.
However, if the employee was not taking part in employment or self-employment at the time of the injury, then the temporary total disability payments will be awarded only if there is clear and convincing evidence that he or she cannot take part in employment or self-employment, no matter what kind of work it is. There will be no weight given to the presumption of disability. When there is an award for temporary total disability, it will end when the worker’s condition improves to the degree that they no longer need regular and continued treatment from a physician.
Workers who are injured and unable to do their job often have great concerns about their condition but also about how they are going to make ends meet while they are receiving medical care. Workers’ compensation benefits are in place to help these workers for the duration they cannot work. It is imperative to understand how much they will receive in benefits and to the steps that are necessary to take if there is a dispute or problem with the workers’ compensation being approved and categorized accurately. A law firm that helps clients with their workers’ compensation cases may prove beneficial in helping injured workers successfully seek the compensation they deserve.