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Temporary Total Disability

Definition - What does Temporary Total Disability mean?

A temporary total disability is any type of injury which renders an employee completely unable to perform their job or any related job function for a set period of time.

Unlike other injured workers (i.e. those who suffer a permanent and total disability), the worker who is temporarily and totally disabled will be able to eventually return to full employment.

Temporary Total Disability and Workers' Compensation

Workers who suffer a temporary total disability due to a work injury may qualify to receive workers’ compensation benefits, which is compensation which can include payment of a percentage of the worker’s weekly wages until the worker returns to the job.

As with other types of workers’ compensation, temporary total disability benefits vary by state.

Can I receive SSDI benefits for a temporary total disability?

If you have been injured in a personal injury and have suffered a temporary total disability you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits if you meet the requirements of the SSDI program (i.e., you have accumulated enough work credits to be considered insured).

Workers must also have a condition which is expected to last at least 12 continuous months. For instance, if you are involved in a car accident and you have severe head trauma you may be temporarily and totally disabled and unable to work, but if your condition will allow you to return to work in less than 12 months you will be denied SSDI benefits, regardless of the severity of your current condition.

Personal injury lawsuit and temporary total disability

Regardless of your injuries, if you have been injured due to the negligence of another person you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

If you have suffered a temporary total disability it is important to understand the full cost of your injuries before negotiating a settlement. Not only are you entitled to medical expense reimbursement, you may also receive payment for pain and suffering and lost future and current wage compensation.

Talk to a personal injury lawyer if you have questions about your rights to compensation.

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