Workers’ Compensation: Understand The Wage Loss Benefits You Qualify For
If you have been injured on the job and cannot continue working – at least for now – you may feel that you need a crash course on how to navigate the workers’ compensation system. To protect your right to appropriate benefits, get the legal counsel that you need as soon as you can. Learn how events in your case may affect your medical and financial outcomes.
From our law offices in Edina, St. Cloud and Brainerd, the attorneys of Malone & Atchison advise injured workers throughout the Twin Cities and the entire state of Minnesota. We can meet with you face-to-face, by phone or in a video conference.
When Might You Need A Lawyer’s Help?
If your doctor says you are unable to work as you did before you were injured, you should be eligible for wage loss benefits under one of these designations:
- Temporary total disability (TTD) if you must be out of work altogether for a period of time: Both your doctor’s recommendations and your employer’s willingness or ability to accommodate your limited working capacity may be factors determining your eligibility for TTD benefits.
- Temporary partial disability (TPD) if you can resume working part-time: You may lose wages but qualify for benefits while you are recovering.
- Permanent total disability (PTD) benefits if you cannot return to work in any capacity because of your injury: These benefits may continue until age 72.
- Permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits if you have permanent loss of bodily functions and therefore cannot resume working full time at a normal capacity: The state may compensate you for the loss of function of a specific body part.
If any one of these descriptions resembles your experiences, you may also face difficulties such as the following:
- Your doctor’s assessment of your condition and capacity to resume working may differ from yours.
- Your doctor or employer may insist that you can return to work before you are ready.
- Your employer may decline to assign you appropriate duties.
- Your rightful wage loss benefits may be denied, delayed or underpaid.
Our lawyers can help protect your interests.
Learn How The Attorneys At Malone & Atchison Can Protect Your Wage Loss Benefit Rights
Attorney John Malone and other workers’ compensation lawyers at our firm have served clients throughout Minnesota for more than 30 years.