FAQ: Am I Entitled to Wage Loss Payments While I am Off Work?

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With a population in the millions, Kansas City is a metropolis with many corporations and thousands of employees. Along with its large size comes many work injury incidents. If you are in the Kansas City, Missouri, or Kansas City, Kansas, area, and you have suffered a work injury, the law office of Mann Wyatt Tanksley Injury Attorneys wants you to know that you are entitled to wage loss payments while you are off work.

“You are entitled to Temporary Total Disability (TDD) if your doctor takes you off work completely or you’re so restricted your employer says they don’t have work for you,” said workers’ compensation attorney Mitch Rice, founding partner of Mann Wyatt Tanksley Injury Attorneys.

According to Rice, another common situation is when an injured employee returns to work, but they are not earning a full wage. This is referred to as Temporary Partial Disability, and in these cases, the employee is owed the difference in wages.

Labor laws may vary by state, but both the Missouri Department of Labor and the Kansas Department of Labor cite the following disability compensation benefit categories:

  • Temporary Total Disability (TTD): Paid when an employee, due to their injury, is unable to work and make a living for a period of time
  • Temporary Partial Disability: Paid when the injured employee returns to work light or modified duty at a lower wage
  • Permanent Total Disability: Paid when an employee, due to their injury, is completely and permanently unable to make a living
  • Permanent Partial Disability: Paid when an employee sustains complete or partial loss of use of a body part due to a job-related injury

Are You Off Work Due to a Work Injury?

If you are currently off work due to a work injury, we encourage you to contact Mann Wyatt Tanksley Injury Attorneys for a free consultation. Our team of attorneys in Kansas and Missouri have more than 50 years of trial and litigation experience, practicing specifically in the areas of personal injury and workers’ compensation. There are absolutely no fees until a settlement or verdict is reached, and we’ve collected millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. You have nothing to lose!

Request a free consultation with our team of Kansas City workers’ compensation attorneys or contact us directly at (877) 768-2400. We look forward to speaking with you!