Have you suffered from a work-related injury in Ohio? If so, you are likely devastated and facing the high costs of medical bills, lost wages, and rehabilitation expenses. At Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA, we believe that every employee deserves a safe work environment and should be compensated fairly for injuries that were not their fault.
If a work injury has hindered your life, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation disability benefits that certified Ohio workers’ comp lawyers Adrienne Hines and Victor Kademenos may help you obtain. Call us today at (419) 625-7770 for a free consultation.
Types of Workers’ Compensation Disability Benefits
The purpose of workers’ compensation benefits are to provide injured workers with compensation to cover medical costs, lost wages, and vocational rehab expenses if applicable. Ohio workers’ compensation lawyers can investigate your case and determine whether you’re eligible for any of the following types of workers’ compensation benefits:
- Temporary Total Disability (TTD) – Temporary total compensation is designed for injured employees who cannot work for a specific time period. If you miss at least seven days of work but can fully recover for your injury and return to work once you do, this benefit may be an option.
- Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) – Temporary partial compensation is for employees whose injuries prevent them from performing some of their job duties for a limited amount of time. If you can only do some aspects of your job now but may be able to conduct all of your duties like you did prior to your injury in the future, you may qualify for this type of benefit. In Ohio, temporary partial disability is part of wage loss benefits.
- Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) – If your injury has led to some type of permanent damage, you may receive permanent partial compensation. For example, if you have injured your arm and are never able to extend it fully again, this benefit may make sense for you.
- Permanent Total Disability (PTD) – Permanent total compensation is for injured employees who are unable to return to the workforce. If you qualify for this benefit, you may be compensated for your loss of earning capacity for the rest of your life.
Determining which type of disability compensation is right for you can be complicated. You will need medical opinions and your employer will likely challenge your claim. Certified Ohio workers’ compensation attorneys Adrienne Hines and Victor Kademenos can help you through the process. Call them today at (419) 625-7770.
How Are Workers’ Compensation Disability Benefits Calculated
The way workers’ compensation disability benefits are calculated depends on the specifics of your disability and your typical wages. For permanent total disability, you may receive two-thirds of your average weekly wage. For temporary total disability, however, you will only receive two-thirds of your average weekly wage for a certain number of weeks. Permanent partial disability is calculated using a formula that is based on the predetermined rate that the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has set for the year that you suffered from your injury. Lastly, temporary partial disability which is a broader category of wage loss benefits is calculated by taking two-thirds of the difference of your weekly wage from the date of your injury and your current wage.
Since the majority of benefits are based on your weekly wage, it’s essential to ensure that all of your income is considered when your benefits are calculated. Regardless of the type of benefit you qualify for, a work comp lawyer can help ensure that your benefit is calculated properly so that you can receive the full compensation you may deserve.
Calculation of disability benefits can be complicated. If you or your employer do not provide complete information, your benefits may not be calculated properly. Our certified workers’ compensation attorneys Adrienne Hines and Victor Kademenos can help you. We will evaluate all of your income and make sure your benefits are appropriate.