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We get a lot of questions from clients asking about the difference between temporary partial and temporary total disability. We are here to help our clients, and by giving our clients information, we are keeping them informed-- which in the end helps them in the long run.
As in most states, an injured worker can receive benefits to replace his or her lost income, as well as medical treatment and expenses. Within those broad categories, there are a number of specific benefits an injured worker may be entitled to, depending on the nature of his or her injury. Workers compensation benefits are not taxable.
Temporary Total Disability:
While an injured worker cannot return to his or regular employment because of an on the job injury, he or she is entitled to temporary total disability benefits. These benefits are 2/3 of the injured worker's average weekly wage. For example, a worker with an average weekly wage of $900 would be entitled to weekly payments in the amount of $600 as a temporary total disability benefits while he or she could not work.
Temporary Partial Disability:
If an injured worker can return to light duty or limited duty employment and is able to earn some income, he or she would be entitled to temporary partial disability benefits, based on the difference between the pre-injury average weekly wage and post-injury earnings. In the District of Columbia, TPD benefits are 2/3 of the difference between the worker's average weekly wage and the new income, and are calculated weekly. For example, an injured worker with an average weekly wage of $900 who can return to work in light duty job earning $600 will be entitled to temporary partial disability benefits in the amount of $200 ($900-$600=$300 x 2/3=$200).
Hopefully the above information will be helpful to you and our clients. If you are seeking more information on this information on this topic do not hesitate to give us a call at (202) 393-3200. The call is free and confidential. We have written resources to help clients, as well as others on these issues. Stop by our resource page to download and request your free copies.