Georgia workers' compensation injury claims are rarely straightforward, even when it's clear injury occurred in the scope and course of employment.
This is especially true with regard to temporary total disability benefits when a worker quits, is fired or is laid-off for reasons unrelated to the injury.
Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits are those designed to help workers recover lost income when they are unable to work due to a job-related injury. Workers qualify if they cannot do the kind of work they did before because of the accident. If an employee is deemed entitled to collect temporary total disability benefits, those may continue until:
- He returns to work
- His doctor says he can return to work
- His doctor says he has permanent disability that is not expected to improve (at which point you can seek permanent disability benefits)
- More than 400 weeks have passed since the injury (unless injuries are catastrophic, in which they case benefits could continue indefinitely)