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What is a temporary total disability?

After an employee is injured in a workplace or work-related accident, they may seek compensation by filing a workers’ compensation claim. The injured employee must seek medical care to document the injury and receive a medical status from their doctor. The medical status will serve as a guide for the type and amount of medical benefits the employee receives from their workers’ compensation claim.

The doctor may diagnose the employee as having a medical disability, which can cause the employee to miss days of work for a short time or permanently. While the patient is determined to be disabled by a physician, they receive medical benefits and wage compensation depending on the disability status.

One of the four types of workers’ compensation disability is a temporary total disability. An injured employee with this form of disability has an injury that has left them completely unable to perform a particular job function temporarily. The employee is expected to fully recover and go back to work at some point. In New Jersey, while unable to work or under medical care, the employee shall receive temporary total benefits of 70 percent of their weekly wage.

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