The Types of Workers' Comp Benefits in California

Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 4-Dec-2015

California has earned a reputation as one of the most employee-friendly states in the nation, as they have extensive protections for workers’ rights. If you are injured while at work in California, there are a number of different types of benefits which you may be eligible for.

For skilled representation in your workers’ compensation claim, contact our Glendale workers’ comp attorneys at (818) 946-0608.

Temporary Disability Benefits

As the name suggests, temporary disability benefits will be payable when your ability to work is partially or completely restricted. You will stop receiving these benefits once your doctor clears you to return to work at normal capacity. There are two types of temporary disability benefits, and the type you qualify for will depend on the extent of your injuries.

  • Temporary Partial Disability – you will be eligible for these benefits if you are partially, but not fully, restricted from working due to your injuries. For example, if you are restricted from working more than 5 hours in a day, you may be able to collect T.P.D benefits.
  • Temporary Total Disability – If you are completely unable to work, or if the restrictions are so heavy that the employer will not allow you to return, you will qualify for T.T.D benefits. The amount you will receive is typically 2/3 of your average weekly salary, but cannot exceed a specified number.

Permanent Disability Benefits

Unlike temporary benefits, permanent disability benefits are paid on an ongoing basis for an extended period of time, although you may have the option to accept them all as once as a lump sum. While they are typically not truly permanent, they can make a huge difference in a person’s life after suffering a permanent injury.

  • Permanent Partial Disability – If you are still suffering from a permanent disability, and your doctor has declared that you have reached maximum medical improvement, you may then qualify for P.P.D. benefits. Your doctor will assign you a percentage of disability, which dictates how much money you are able to collect.
  • Permanent Total Disability – these benefits are essentially the same as permanent partial disability benefits, but you will only qualify if your disability is rated as 100% by the doctor. If you are anything less than 100% disabled, you will only qualify for P.P.D. benefits. Examples of 100% disability include the loss of use in both arms, the loss of both eyes, etc.

If you’ve been hurt at work, you have an obligation to yourself and your family to pursue benefits. Contact our Glendale workers’ compensation attorneys today for a free case evaluation.

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