Wage Benefits



If you have been injured on the job, you face a difficult path forward toward healing, and workers’ compensation is intended to help you get there. If you’ve suffered an injury, you’re likely to be off the job while you tend to the important task of regaining your health and well-being. This is where wage benefits come in, which are intended to compensate you for your lost earnings. Because just compensation is so critical to your most complete recovery, you are well-advised to have an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney on your side. 



Temporary Total Disability Benefits

If you have been injured on the job, the hope is that you will be able to return to work, but it is likely going to take you some time before you are able to do so. While you are off the job recovering, you can receive what is known as temporary total disability (TTD) benefits, which are intended to help keep you going while you heal. TTD benefits are temporary in the sense that they continue only until the doctor in charge of your claim determines that your condition has improved to the extent that it is going to improve with the treatments that are available, which is known as your maximum medical improvement (MMI). 

Doing the Math

The financial benefits you receive will be calculated at two-thirds of your income at the time of the accident (up to an amount that is capped by the state of Illinois and that is reevaluated every six months). If you are able to return to work in a light-duty capacity while you continue recovering, you may be awarded temporary partial disability benefits, which amount to two-thirds of the difference between your former wages and your current earnings. For example, if you were earning $1,000 a week, and now – on light duty – you are earning $500 a week, your wage benefits will be calculated at two-thirds of the $500 difference in weekly pay. 

Permanent Total Disability Benefits

Permanent total disability benefits play out in the following way:

  • Once your doctor determines that you have reached your MMI, he or she will evaluate you to determine if you suffered any permanent physical losses or disability. 
  • If so, your doctor will determine to what extent this is true. 
  • If you are unable to do any type of work or have lost the use of both your eyes, hands, arms, feet, or legs (or a combination of any two), you will be found permanently and totally disabled.

If you are found to have a permanent total disability, you will receive the same two-thirds of your former earnings (up to the state’s cap) for the rest of your life. 

Discuss Your Claim with an Experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

Danielle Pinkston at Pinkston Law Group, P.C., in Joliet, Illinois, is a compassionate workers’ compensation attorney who dedicates her practice to helping clients like you obtain the just compensation they need. To learn more, please don’t wait to contact us today.



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