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Is my employer paying me the right amount while I’m off work?

Temporary total disability benefits (TTD) are a type of benefits that an injured employee receives during the period which the employee is unable to work. The employee can either be off work, as indicated by his or her doctor, or if the employee is placed on light-duty restrictions and the employer is unable to accommodate those restrictions.

An injured worker is entitled to TTD benefits until the employee has returned to work or has reached the point of maximum medical improvement (MMI). MMI means that the injured worker has recovered to the point where no further healing is possible. An employee’s TTD benefits are calculated based on their average weekly wages (AWW), which have been previously discussed in another post. That employee is entitled to 2/3 of their AWW during this period.

TTD is not paid for the first three lost workdays unless the employee misses more than two weeks due to the injury. If an employee misses more than 14 consecutive calendar days, the employee is entitled to payment for those first three days off work. The employer is required to make TTD payments within 14 days after receiving notice of an injury.

Oftentimes, employers fail to make prompt payments even after notification of a work injury and presentation of an off-work slip. Employers also may stop TTD payments prematurely, or before you return to work. These delays in payment or unjustified withholding of your wages can cause severe hardship for families. Know your rights as an injured worker. If you have any questions regarding the amount you are receiving while being off work, or your employer is delaying payments, please call our offices for a free legal consultation.

The attorneys at Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid are committed to representing people who have been seriously injured and incur significant medical expenses as a result of work related injuries. Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid continue to handle workers’ compensation claims and all types of other personal injury cases in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will and Kendall Counties and all throughout the Chicagoland area.


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