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What if I return to work making less than I did before my on-the-job accident?

Posted by Katie Phipps | Nov 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

There are circumstances when an employee will be owed partial benefits even after returning to work post-accident. These benefits are all called Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) benefits. They continue as long as an injured worker is not making as much weekly as they were prior to the accident. For example, John returns to his job as a plumber after having a surgery. He used to work overtime but is no longer offered that time because he is on light duty. Prior to the accident, he was paid $700 and took home $466.69. Now, he is paid $500 by his employer and takes home $333.35 after taxes. In these circumstances, he is entitled to ongoing TPD from the insurance carrier in the amount of $133 per week-the difference between his current and previous rate of pay.

TPD benefits can vary from week to week depending on how much an employee is paid by the employer.  They can be difficult for the carrier to track.  If you do not believe you are being paid the the amount you are entitled to consult an attorney.  

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Katie Phipps

For more than 17 years, Katie had a successful practice at two of South Carolina's largest workers' compensation defense firms. During that time, she realized her favorite part of the job was helping Pro Se claimants navigate the settlement process. As a lawyer for the insurance carrier, she ofte...


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