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How Long Do I Need to Be Out of Work to Get Workers' Comp Benefits?

Some work injuries are severe and require the injured individual to be out of work for extended periods of time. Other injuries may mean a few days or weeks out of work to recover. However, both types of situations can leave the injured worker with hefty medical bills and some form of lost wages.


When exactly does an injury sustained at work turn into a workers’ compensation claim? Below, we discuss some factors that may impact this decision.

Severity of Injury

There isn’t necessarily a “time out of work” minimum that determines when an injured worker can and can’t file a workers’ compensation claim. For example, an injured worker who is out of work for a week is just as eligible to file a claim as an injured worker who is out of work for six months.


Depending on the severity of the injury, an injured worker may be out of work for an extended period of time. This can lead to months or even years of lost wages and high amounts of medical expenses. Some types of severe injuries sustained at work include:

  • Back injuries

  • Neck injuries

  • Head injuries

  • Shoulder and rotator cuff injuries

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Asthma

  • Heart attack


Remember, not all these injuries show signs immediately. If you believe you were injured on the job, you should report this to your doctor and see a medical provider right away. They can give you a proper medical diagnosis and determine how severe your injuries are.

Different Types of Compensation

The severity of injury and time out of work may also determine the type of workers’ comp benefit that you may be eligible to receive. In Minnesota, injured workers may be able to claim various types of benefits, including:

  • Temporary total disability (TTD)

  • Temporary partial disability (TPD)

  • Permanent total disability (PTD)

  • Permanent partial disability (PPD)


We understand that the workers’ compensation process can be challenging. If you’ve been injured on the job, a seasoned workers’ comp attorney at Midwest Disability can help you determine which type of workers’ comp benefits you may be eligible to receive and fight hard for your financial recovery.


Contact our Minneapolis workers’ compensation attorneys at (763) 325-1995 to schedule your free consultation.