Illinois offers injured workers different benefits depending on the extent of their injuries and how long those injuries are expected to last. The level of injury and disability can be either partial or total. The duration will be classified as either temporary or permanent. Other factors affecting your benefits include your ability to do light-duty work and the loss of body parts. Nearly all workers injured on a job site are eligible to have their medical bills paid through workers’ compensation.
The most common form of disability payments are “temporary total disability” (TTD) benefits. These benefits must be paid by your employer when you are injured on the job and are unable to work. TTD benefits include two-thirds of your normal wages. While this category of benefits has the word “total” in its name, you do not need to be completely disabled to qualify. Instead, you must be unable to do your job. If a doctor clears you for light work and your employer either has no light-duty work or is unwilling to let you do this work, you will also be eligible for TTD benefits. These benefits are paid until you return to work or reach maximum medical improvement (MMI).
Temporary partial disability (TPD) benefits are awarded to Illinois workers who are able to work in a light-duty capacity while they heal. The amount of money you receive under TPD is two-thirds of the difference between the money you would be making in your old position and the money you are making doing light-duty work.
Workers may be eligible for permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits when they have suffered the loss of a body part or the loss of use of a body part. PPD is for injury victims who are still able to do some form of work. Complex calculations will be used to determine how much money you will receive each month based on which body parts have been injured and whether they can be used at all. A Springfield workers’ compensation lawyer may be able to help you obtain higher payments.
Seriously injured employees collect permanent total disability (PTD) benefits when they have lost use of two major body parts or will be permanently unable to do any type of regular work. In most cases, employees receive two-thirds of their weekly wages, plus adjustments based on rising costs. Similar payments, plus funeral expenses, are available to spouses and certain other dependent relatives after the death of a family member in a work accident.
Injured workers in the Springfield, IL area know to turn to Boshardy Law Office, P.C. for help getting the workers’ compensation benefits they need. Our attorneys have experience helping all types of injured workers get the payments they deserve. Call us today at 217-544-8000 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
52-year-old worker. 9th grade education. Left hand tendon laceration. Permanent restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $436.64 per week for life.
54-year-old CNA. Bilateral shoulder surgeries. Permanent restrictions. Two vocational experts failed to locate suitable light duty work. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $441.93 per week for life.
66-year-old maintenance worker. Failed two level lumbar fusion. Permanent restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $538.36 per week for life.
56-year-old municipal worker. Lumbar and S1 radiculopathy. Permanent work restrictions. No surgery. Failed job search. Awarded $466.13 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout $581,730.00
52-year-old CNA. Lumbar fusion. Permanent restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $420.33 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout $671,571.96.
63-year-old truck driver. Four shoulder surgeries. Permanent work restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $802.61 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout $780,467.00
56-year-old street worker. Disc injury. No surgery. Permanent work restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $466.13 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout of award is $586,577.99
52-year-old LPN. Lumbar fusion. Permanent work restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $420.33 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout of award is $677,571.00
56-year-old union pipe-fitter. Injured forearm/surgery. Permanent restrictions. Job change. Wage loss. Awarded wage differential of $550 a week for life. Total lifetime expected payout is $833,804
54-year-old union laborer. Spinal injuries and head trauma. Unable to return to work. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $642.50 per week for life. Total lifetime expected lifetime payout of $998,400