Temporary Total Benefits
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Jul 10, 2013 in Workers' Compensation
Workers compensation coverage provides security for employees who are injured on the job, or in a manner relating to tasks they have performed for their employer. Temporary or total disability benefits also known as temporary total benefits helps workers who were injured or sickened due to work-related events pay for medical costs associated with their injuries, in addition to a number of other benefits they may be eligible for.
In Arizona in 2012, over 3,000 claims for workers compensation benefits were filed, but only 1,784 were approved, the U.S. Department of Labors Office of Workers Compensation Programs reports. This data means that for any number of reasons a legitimate claim of temporary or total disability due to workplace injury may be denied, and the disabled worker will not be provided with any compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, or for wages lost during their time out of work.
The benefits and stipulations surrounding workers compensation benefits vary from state to state, and if a worker is injured on the job and out of work for more than seven days, that employee may be entitled to temporary total disability benefits, under Arizona state law.
Have you or a loved one been denied temporary or total disability benefits due to you under your workers compensation plan? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for a number of hardships that the injury or illness placed on you and your family.
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Your Temporary Total Disability Benefits
In the event that a worker is injured on the job, workers compensation extends certain benefits to help shoulder the cost of medical bills, recovery expenses, and lost wages during time away from work.
In the state of Arizona, temporary total disability is defined as an injured worker actively receiving medical treatment for the injury, and not being released by a doctor to do work of any kind. The injured worker will be entitled to receive 66.66% of their average monthly wages at the time of the injury, and they will also receive a dependent allowance of $25 per month, regardless of the number of dependents, which is determined at the time the injury takes place.
These payments come every two weeks, replacing a normal paycheck, and may be subject to a maximum amount. They will continue for the duration of the disability, however, injured workers have the right to receive medical treatment immediately following their injury, regardless of whether their claim is accepted or denied, in the end.
Considerations can sometimes be made for serious facial or head injuries, as well as hearing loss related to the injuries. Other reimbursements for transportation, such as mileage, parking, or toll costs associated with visits to your doctor are possible, depending on the specifics of your case.
If There Is A Problem With Your Temporary Total Disability Claim
Following a workplace injury, if your claim is denied, a worrisome time can be turned into a frightening and confusing experience for your or your loved ones. Many issues can be worked out by contacting the claims administrator that is handling your case, but as the Department of Labors Statistics show, over half of the workmen's compensation claims are being denied and those workers are not being reimbursed for any of the costs associated with their injury.
Before filing a claim, seek legal counsel, since workers compensation laws can be difficult to understand. Without an attorney, you and your loved ones will be relying on your ability to interpret these laws alone, and misunderstanding legal jargon, or incorrectly filing paperwork can end in your claim for temporary total disability being denied.
In the event your claim is denied, an attorney who is knowledgeable in the workers compensation practice area can prepare you and your family for a case that could result in a recovery of damages that may be owed to you for the expenses that were incurred as a result of the injury, and for lost wages that the injured party is entitled to.
Arizona Temporary Total Benefits Lawyers
Our experienced and dependable legal team understands that the temporary total disability of a loved one can put more than just an emotional strain on a family, and the financial strain it causes can impair that family's ability to continue to live a full and thriving life.
As one of Arizona's largest consumer law firms, the skilled attorneys at Phillips Law Group have the resources and the desire to help the victims of workers compensation death benefit claims to receive the maximum benefits due to them.
At Phillips Law Group, we want to help you and your family by assisting you in understanding your rights in cases of workers compensation temporary total disability benefits claims.
Phillips Law Group has offices in Phoenix and Tucson, AZ, in Salt Lake City, UT and in San Diego, CA. In addition, we are proud to represent clients in the following cities:
- Gila Bend, AZ
- Globe, AZ
- Payson, AZ
- Prescott, AZ
- Carlsbad, CA
- Chula Vista, CA
- La Jolla, CA
- Bountiful, UT
- Murray, UT
- Sandy, UT
- and most of the other surrounding towns and areas in each state.
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