Workers’ Compensation Wage Loss Benefits in Minnesota
An injury suffered in the workplace can lead to missed work, which in turn leads to missed wages. Missed wages leads to problems covering living expenses, from buying groceries to paying bills. Thankfully, workers’ compensation benefits are designed to cover lost wages. At Midwest Disability Work Comp, P.A., our lawyers understand the stress of trying to manage finances with no income. Our wage loss benefit lawyers can work to get you the benefits you need to compensate you for lost wages.
You can schedule a free consultation with our Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyers by calling 888-365-1477. Our lawyers serve all of Minnesota, including Minneapolis-St.Paul, St. Cloud, Mankato, Duluth, Rochester, Fargo-Moorhead, and beyond.
The Types Of Wage Loss Benefits Available To Work Accident Victims
Depending on the duration and the extent of the injury, you may qualify for one of four types of wage loss benefits:
- Temporary partial disability benefits: A temporary partial disability is a disability that you are projected to recover from but will impact your ability to work until you recover. You are able to work, but you are not able to return to your previous job and must work at a lesser paying job. In these cases, you are entitled to compensation that covers two-thirds of the difference between your current wage and the wage you were earning prior to the accident. This compensation is available for a maximum of 225 weeks.
- Temporary total disability benefits: A temporary total disability is a disability that you are projected to recover from, but completely prevents you from working until you recover. In these cases, you are entitled to compensation for two-thirds of the wages you were earning prior to the accident. This compensation is available for up to 104 weeks.
- Permanent partial disability benefits: A permanent partial disability is a disability that you will not recover from, but does not prevent you from returning to work. These benefits are based not on wages, but on the percentage of disability.
- Permanent total disability benefits: A permanent total disability is a disability that completely prevents you from ever returning to work. In these cases, you are entitled to compensation for two-thirds of the wages you were earning prior to the accident. You will be able to receive this compensation until you reach retirement age.
Your injuries may fall into more than one of these categories. With years of experience serving Minnesota clients, our workers’ compensation attorneys know how to make certain that your disability is classified correctly.