Q: My husband is having a surgery soon that Workmans comp approved, however we have heard nothing about TTD pay?
I'm under the impression that they have to pay him throughout his recovery. Is that right?
A: You are referring to TTD or temporary total disability payments while your husband is temporarily impaired from performing his tasks due to his employment related injury. Under Illinois law, TTD provides for two-thirds of the employees average weekly wage when a physician deems him or her unable to perform their job-related tasks. If the insurance company is not making these TTD payments, I would contact the adjuster and ask why they are not being made. In some situations, the insurance company may not have confirmation from the treating physician and in others, they may be disputing the employee's inability to work. If you have an attorney, they can petition the commission to get the TTD benefits reinstated as well as past benefits that are unpaid.
A: It is likely that they will have to pay him TTD throughout his recovery. Assuming your husband is not represented by an attorney, I would highly recommend hiring one immediately. A knowledgeable attorney will assist you and your husband throughout the entire recovery process, and will get you the maximum recovery possible. Also, attorney's do not even take a percentage of the TTD unless it is disputed, and are almost guaranteed to get you more money than the 20% fee they take. All the while, you and your husband will not have to worry about the adjusters taking you seriously and making the right decisions, so you and your husband can focus strictly on his recovery.
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