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What are the different types of compensation for injured workers?

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Workplace injuries can change lives in an instant. When workers get hurt on the job, they often face not only physical pain but also financial stress. In Ohio, the workers’ compensation system offers various types of support to help injured employees recover and regain their footing.

Whether you’re dealing with a recent injury or supporting a loved one through their recovery, understanding these benefits is crucial. This blog will outline different types of compensation available to injured workers in the state.

Workers’ compensation in Ohio

Compensation is periodic monetary payments that you may receive for earnings lost due to a workplace injury or occupational disease. In Ohio, there are three significant types of compensation: temporary total disability (TTD), permanent partial disability (PPD) and permanent total disability (PTD).

TTD is available after you miss at least eight work days due to total disability. However, you may only get the benefits for the first week of missed work after two weeks of total disability.

You may receive 72% of your total weekly wage during the first 12 weeks of TTD. After that, the amount becomes 66.67% of your average weekly wage (AWW).

Meanwhile, PPD compensates employees for partial disabilities, such as loss of use of a body function. If you lost a limb or hearing or vision, you may receive 100% of your statewide average weekly wage (SAWW). Duration depends on the severity of your injury and disability and can range from 15 weeks to 225 weeks.

Compensation is also available if a workplace injury you sustained resulted in permanent total disability. You may receive 66.67% of your weekly wage but not more than 66.67% of the statewide AWW.

How a lawyer can help

An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer may help you understand the nuances of your specific situation and ensure you’re not overlooking any benefits. They may also advocate on your behalf if disputes arise.