When you have been injured on the job in Connecticut, you may be entitled to temporary partial benefits through the state's workers' compensation program. These benefits can help offset lost wages due to a work-related injury. However, navigating the workers' compensation system can be confusing and overwhelming, especially if you're not familiar with the process. In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide to temporary partial benefits in Connecticut workers' compensation, so you can better understand your rights and what you are entitled to.
Understanding Connecticut Workers' Compensation
Connecticut workers' compensation is a system that provides benefits to employees who are injured on the job or develop work-related illnesses. The program is designed to help injured workers recover from their injuries and get back to work as soon as possible. Benefits can include medical care, lost wages, and disability payments, among others.
Temporary Partial Benefits
Temporary partial benefits are available to employees who are able to return to work, but cannot perform all of their job duties due to their injury. These benefits are intended to supplement the worker's income while they are recovering from their injury and are unable to perform their job duties at full capacity.
To be eligible for temporary partial benefits, the worker must have a partial loss of earning capacity due to their injury. This means that they are able to work, but are earning less than they would if they were able to perform their job duties at full capacity.
Calculating Temporary Partial Benefits
The amount of temporary partial benefits that a worker is entitled to depends on several factors, including the severity of their injury, the amount of time they are unable to work, and their pre-injury earnings. In Connecticut, temporary partial benefits are calculated as 75% of the difference between the worker's pre-injury earnings and their current earnings.
For example, if a worker earned $1,000 per week before their injury and is now earning $600 per week due to their injury, their temporary partial benefit would be calculated as follows:
($1,000 - $600) x 75% = $300
Therefore, the worker would be entitled to $300 per week in temporary partial benefits.
Duration of Temporary Partial Benefits
Temporary partial benefits are typically available for up to 104 weeks or until the worker reaches maximum medical improvement (MMI), whichever comes first. MMI is the point at which the worker has reached the maximum level of medical improvement and is unlikely to experience further improvement from medical treatment.
Appealing a Temporary Partial Benefits Decision
If you disagree with a decision regarding your temporary partial benefits, you have the right to appeal the decision. The first step in the appeals process is to request a hearing with the Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission (WCC). At the hearing, you will have the opportunity to present evidence and arguments in support of your claim. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the hearing, you may be able to appeal the decision to a higher court.