Around 35,000 workers suffer injuries on the job each year, as reported by the Industrial Commission. When you suffer a workplace injury, it is only natural to wonder how much you might receive in workers’ comp benefits.
Below, our team at Andrew Injury Law has detailed how much Idaho’s workers’ compensation pays injured employees. However, it’s important to note that the amount varies based on the circumstances of each claim. That’s why it’s best to discuss your claim with a Meridian workers’ compensation lawyer at our firm.
First and foremost, how much Idaho’s workers’ comp pays employees depends on their injury’s severity and other factors. However, the basic workers’ compensation benefits in this state cover 67 percent of an employee’s weekly wage. Your benefits should also cover all medical treatment for the job-related injuries.
Those who cannot work in their full capacity while they recover usually receive temporary partial disability benefits. This benefit will allow workers to take home a percentage of their salary, usually 67 percent of their lost pay.
A real-world example would be if you earned $1,000 a week before becoming injured and $500 after injury. In this scenario, TPD benefits will pay you $335 weekly on top of the $500 reduced wage. Most employees will continue to earn TPD until they recover or reach maximum medical improvement (MMI).
Temporary total disability benefits are awarded to those who cannot work according to a doctor’s recommendation, or you can work but only light-duty also according to a written doctor’s letter, that your workplace cannot accommodate.
Those who receive TTD benefits will get 67 percent of their average weekly wage paid to them for the first 52 weeks. After that, they will receive 67 percent of Idaho’s average weekly wage. If you qualify for TTD benefits, you’ll continue to receive them until you return to work or reach MMI.
Once employees reach MMI, they are evaluated to determine eligibility for permanent disability benefits. Those who qualify for permanent disability benefits are usually compensated for scheduled losses or unscheduled losses. The type of scheduled or unscheduled loss you receive will determine how many weeks you receive payments at Idaho’s 55 percent average weekly wage.
After MMI, if you can resume work but not in your former position, receive a comprehensive impairment rating from your doctor, and demonstrate that your injury significantly reduces your employability, you might qualify for permanent partial disability benefits.
In Idaho, PPD benefits are calculated by taking the number of weeks of benefits you’re eligible for and multiplying it by the 55 percent benefit rate based on Idaho’s average weekly wage. Those who receive PPD will get a payment monthly.
Those who have been assigned a whole-person impairment by their doctor but who can return to work are eligible for permanent partial impairment benefits. PPI benefits are typically calculated by taking how many weeks of benefits you are eligible for times the 55 percent benefit rate. This benefit amount is paid monthly.
If you speak with a Meridian work injury attorney from Andrew Injury Law, you’ll have a better understanding of the worker’s compensation benefits you’re eligible for.
With one of our lawyers on your side, you’ll have a better idea of how much you can expect to be paid and for how long. We can also assist you with filing your workers’ compensation claim within the allocated time frame. So, contact us here, and we’ll do everything we can to help you.
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