Updated: Dec 21, 2022
Temporary total disability (TTD) is a type of workers' compensation benefit that is available to employees in Illinois who are unable to work due to a work-related injury or illness. TTD benefits provide financial support to employees while they are recovering from their injuries or illnesses and are unable to work.
Under Illinois law, an employee is entitled to TTD benefits if they are unable to perform their usual job duties due to a work-related injury or illness. The employee must provide medical evidence of their disability to the employer or the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission (IWCC). If the employee's claim is approved, they will receive TTD benefits until they are able to return to work or until their medical treatment has reached a point of maximum medical improvement (MMI).
TTD benefits are typically paid at a rate of two-thirds of the employee's average weekly wage, up to a maximum amount set by law. The benefits are paid on a weekly basis, and the employee must continue to provide medical evidence of their disability to the employer to continue receiving benefits.
If the employee is able to return to work in a limited capacity, they may be eligible for partial TTD benefits, otherwise known as temporary partial disability (TPD) benefits. These benefits are calculated based on the employee's reduced earnings due to their inability to work their usual hours or perform all of their usual job duties.
It is important for employees to report any work-related injuries or illnesses to their employer as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible for TTD benefits. If an employee's TTD claim is denied, they will have the right to appeal the decision through the IWCC.
For further information regarding workers compensation benefits, please feel free to contact the Illinois attorneys at Imeri Rogers, LLP.