If you suffered an injury while on the job and are currently unable to continue working, you may qualify to receive Temporary Total Disability benefits.
How does this work, and what happens if your circumstances change?
About TTD benefits
Workers’ compensation in Minnesota includes a form called Temporary Total Disability, or TTD, which pays benefits to those who are currently unable to work because of a job-related injury. Normally, the payment of benefits begins 14 days after the employer receives notification of the injury. Benefits are usually two-thirds of the injured party’s gross weekly wage and are payable for up to 130 weeks.
TTD benefits can cease for a variety of reasons:
- The employee can return to work
- The employee has a medical release but does not make sufficient effort in terms of a job search
- He or she turns down a suitable offer of work
- 90 days have elapsed since the employee reached the “maximum medical improvement” threshold
- The insurer has paid 130 weeks of TTD
An employee can return to TTD status for the following reasons:
- The employee is unable to continue working due to his or her injury and the full 130 weeks of TTD have not yet been paid
- Unless the reason is misconduct, the employee undergoes termination or layoff before receiving the full 130 weeks of TTD benefits
- The employee has entered a retraining program
Calculations and variations
The TTD rules will vary depending on the wage calculations for individual workers. Remember that specific payment schedules also correspond to various types of injuries. Factors unique to your case may affect your benefits, as well.