Both TPD and TTD benefits are typically available until you return to work, are cleared to return to work by your treating physician, or reach maximum medical improvement (MMI), meaning your doctor determines that your condition will not improve further.
In California, nearly all employees are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. This includes full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees who work for an employer with at least one regular employee.
Temporary disability (TD) does not pay the full amount of your lost wages. Rather, it only pays a portion of the wages you lose while out of work recovering from your job-related injury, illness, or medical condition.
Specifically, temporary disability pays two-thirds your gross (pre-tax) average weekly wages up to a set weekly limit. In 2021, the maximum weekly benefit went up from $1,300 to $1,357. Temporary disability benefits are not taxable; you do not pay Social Security, federal, state, or local income taxes on TD benefits, nor do you pay any 401k or other retirement fund contributions or union dues.
Our team at KJT Law Group can meet with you and review the details of your case to help determine if you are entitled to TD benefits and, if so, how much you can expect to receive. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and assist you at every stage of the process, from filing your initial workers’ compensation claim to handling disputes with an employer or treating physician to appealing a denied claim.