If you're injured at work and you cannot work for a period of time while you recover, you may be entitled to receive benefits
to help replace your lost income. This compensation is called temporary total.
How you qualify
- You've been restricted from any kind of work due to a work-related injury.
- You've been released to return to work with modified duties, however your employer does not have work available
to meet these restrictions.
Paperwork required to receive tempoary total
- You must submit the Request for Temporary Total Compensation (C-84).
You must complete this form every time you want to request temporary total - whether it's for an initial period or the extension of an existing period.
- Your treating physician must submit a Physician's Report of Work Ability (MEDCO-14).
This form provides important information your ability to work as well as any current restrictions. It is your responsibility to secure this medical documentation
from the treating physician.
- You're also responsible for submitting your earnings from all employers for the 52 weeks prior to the date of injury.
How much are temporary total compensation payments?
Important: The first seven days of disability are not payable until you've been disabled for 14 or more consecutive days.
Once you've missed 14 work days or more, we'll compensate for the total number of days missed.
- Temporary total payments for the first 12 weeks after the date of injury are paid at the full weekly wage (FWW) rate.
This rate is based on your earnings for the six weeks and/or seven days prior to the date of injury. An average of these earnings
is calculated, and temporary total compensation is paid at 72 percent of this average.
- Temporary total payments after 12 weeks of missed work are paid at the average weekly wage (AWW) rate. This rate is based
on your earnings for the 52 weeks prior to the date of injury. An average of these earnings is calculated, and temporary total
compensation is paid at 66 2/3 percent of this average.
When temporary total payments stop
- You've returned to work.
- The treating physician indicates you can return to your former position.
- You're employer makes work available within the restrictions indicated by the treating physician.
- You've reached maximum medical improvement (MMI). This means your allowed conditions have stabilized
and no improvements/changes can be expected with reasonable medical probability.
- You're working for any employer during the disability period.
- You're incarcerated.
- You voluntarily abandon employment.