Do I Get Paid For Lost Time If My Injury Requires Time Off?

If your injury or condition prevents you from immediately returning to work, you probably have concerns about how to sustain yourself and your family while you recover. Depending on the nature of your injury, you may be entitled to wage-loss benefits through workers' compensation.

Minneapolis-based attorney David H. Bailly helps injured workers and their families navigate the workers' compensation process. If you are worried about taking time off for a work-related injury, he can review your claim and explain all of your available options so you can make informed decisions and have peace of mind. Mr. Bailly represents clients from Minnesota and western Wisconsin at his Eden Prairie office.

If you or a loved one was injured at work, get help from an experienced workers' compensation attorney. Contact David H. Bailly by calling 952-232-1053 or 800-250-3799 toll free for a free case assessment. Mr. Bailly handles all claims on a "no win, no fee" basis.

Calculating Wage-Loss Benefits

To calculate wage-loss benefits, the insurance company will look at your average weekly wage as determined by your gross income at the time of your injury. Then, depending on the nature of your injury and its effect on your ability to perform your regular work duties, it will provide weekly benefits based on the following:

  • Temporary total disability (TTD) — Benefits for those who cannot return to work because they are physically unable to perform their normal duties or their employer cannot accommodate the work restrictions recommended by a doctor
  • Temporary partial disability (TPD) — Benefits given to those who earn a lower weekly wage than they did before the injury due to the effects of the injury; these individuals can still work, but must have lighter duties or work in a different, lower paid position
  • Permanent partial disability (PPD) — Benefits provided to compensate those who have permanently lost the ability to use a specific body part
  • Permanent total disability (PTD) — Benefits for those who are permanently out of the workforce

As your lawyer, Mr. Bailly can first help you determine whether you are eligible for wage-loss benefits through workers' compensation or whether you must file other claims such as short- or long-term disability claims. He can then review all of your paperwork to ensure that you are being compensated appropriately given your initial income, the extent and permanency of your injury, and your current income.

He can also help you seek coverage for services in rehabilitation and vocational counseling if you must change careers after a work-related accident.