What Are Temporary Disability Benefits?

Temporary disability benefits are a form of income replacement. The benefits pay two-thirds of your wages, subject to a minimum and maximum amount, during the time you are unable to work due to a job-related injury. Since the benefits are not taxed, they may be similar to your take-home pay after taxes are deducted.

Temporary disability benefits are paid until the injured employee is able to return to work, or until the employee’s physician determines that the injuries are no longer healing and will never completely heal. At that point, temporary disability benefits end and the employee can seek permanent disability benefits.

In most cases, temporary disability benefits cannot be paid for more than 104 weeks. However, employees are usually determined to be eligible for permanent disability benefits before reaching 104 weeks of temporary disability benefits.

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