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Workers’ Compensation Benefits Overview

Temporary Total Disability:
Time Loss Compensation In Wisconsin, an injured worker is eligible for regular time loss compensation benefits if the worker is unable to return to work as a result of the industrial injury. The amount the worker will receive is a percentage of their wages at the date of injury. In Wisconsin, the percentage is 66 2/3%. As an aside, Wisconsin does not require that an employer continue to contribute to an employee’s benefits such as health care or disability policies. Time loss compensation benefits (TTD) is paid on a weekly basis.

Medical Bills:
An injured worker’s medical bills will be paid as they are incurred. Your doctors will bill your employer or your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company directly. If the bills are for treatment related to your industrial injury, and your claim is, you should not be required to pay for the treatment. The amount of your medical bills does not impact the amount of time loss benefits or loss of earning power benefits you are eligible to receive Vocational Rehabilitation Vocational rehabilitation is job retraining. If an injured employee cannot return to his/her previous line of work, most states will require the workers’ compensation insurer to pay for retraining into a new line of work.

Permanent Partial Disability:
Permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits are paid to people who are not totally disabled but who have some type of lasting impairment or who are only capable of returning to modified or lower-paying work. Findings regarding PPD are not usually made until a person has reached “maximum medical improvement” (MMI) as determined by a medical professional. (Refer to our calculating Permanent Disability Page)

No Benefits For Pain And Suffering
Workers’ compensation laws do not provide for additional benefits for pain and suffering. They are basically income protection laws. An injured employee receives benefits due to an inability to work. If pain prevents the employee from returning to work, then he/she may receive weekly compensation, but will not receive additional compensation for pain and suffering like in a personal injury case.

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