Springdale Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Attorney
Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits are a type of workers’ compensation benefit that give wages paid to injured workers while they are off work under a doctor’s care recovering from a work injury. TTD benefits are also paid if the doctor has placed an injured worker on light duty, and the employer refuses to make light duty work available to the injured worker.
It is important to work with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to following an injury. Attorney Jason Hatfield has years of experience fighting for injured workers, including through testifying in front of the Arkansas state legislature on their behalf. If you are in Northwest Arkansas and are having trouble receiving your benefits, attorney Jason Hatfield can help.
How is Temporary Total Disability Determined?
A worker who is completely disabled but is expected to return back to work after a partial to full recovery is typically a good candidate to receive Temporary Total Disability (TTD) following an injury. To determine an injured worker’s TTD benefit, you must first calculate Average Weekly Wage (AWW). The TTD benefit is two-thirds (2/3) of the AWW. In Arkansas, the maximum TTD benefit for 2018 is $673.00.
At the Law Office of Jason M. Hatfield, we collect your wage records and make sure that the insurance company has correctly calculated your benefits. There are situations when overtime or bonuses get excluded. In these cases, we are able to help get the TTD rate adjusted up to
the correct rate.
There are also situations when the calculation of benefits is unfair to the injured worker. Arkansas law allows a Workers’ Compensation Administrative Law Judge in “exceptional circumstances” to determine AWW by a method that is “just and fair.” The Law Office of Jason M. Hatfield, P.A. has successfully won cases using this clause from the workers’ compensation statute.
Successful Temporary Total Disability Verdict
In Ambrose v. TLI Carpet and First Comp Insurance, our client was injured after working only one full week for the employer. Her first week was only a half day wherein she was trained for a few hours. The insurance company argued that the partial day of work should be calculated as an entire week and that the TTD rate should only be $52.00 per week. We successfully argued that the partial day of work be excluded from the calculation of AWW.
The Workers’ Compensation Commission calculated the TTD benefit based upon a full week of work and Ambrose was awarded $217.00, while she recovered from her injury, versus the $52.00 per week as calculated by the insurance company. See Ambrose v. TLI Carpet and First Comp Insurance, WCC No. G502752, Opinion filed September 23, 2015.
Contact Jason Hatfield today at 479-777-8275 to speak directly to him about your case. The faster he can start working on your case, the faster you can collect your benefits. The Law Office of Jason M. Hatfield represents injured workers from Fayetteville to Bentonville, including the towns of Springdale and Rogers.