Workers Compensation is a system that people are usually unfamiliar with unless they specifically have a need for its benefits. One surprise for many hurt employees in Georgia is that their state has more than one type of benefits. Georgia Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) Benefits, for example, refers to a worker’s compensation program that provides supplemental income for those who qualify.
TPD is paid to employees who were hurt on their jobs and returned to work, but who cannot perform the same duties they were responsible for prior to getting injured. The individuals who receive these benefits earn less due to their injuries. TPD provides a portion of the losses that these individuals would experience if they were required to work at the lower rate without this type of assistance.
There are several characteristics of this program that are notable. First, Georgia’s TPD does not pay the entire difference between the previous income and the current lower income. Instead, an assessment is done of wages before the injury and wages after the injury. Then, two thirds of the difference is paid to the injured person as long as the maximum payout amount is not exceeded. The state sets a limit, and no matter how great a person’s loss is, he cannot receive more.
Another thing to know is that the word “temporary” has meaning. This is not assistance that will be provided forever. The state also regulates this aspect of the program, limiting benefits to 350 weeks.
If you were injured on the job and now receive less income because your injuries limit you, contact a Workers Compensation attorney for advice regarding your eligibility.