What is Temporary Total Disability?
Injured workers often want to know how much money they will get per week and for how long.
“Temporary total disability” (TTD) payments are benefits you receive while under supervised medical care before you recuperate enough to reach a decree of healthiness known as “maximum medical improvement” (MMI). TTD benefits may be available when the doctor writes you out of work, and your injury is otherwise compensable under the workers’ compensation system.
Calculating your Temporary Total Disability (TTD) in South Carolina can be complicated. Factors that go into the calculation include: how much money you earn per week on average; how long you’ve worked at your job; and whether you have additional jobs.
The South Carolina Employment Security Commission sets the maximum amount of TTD benefits any injured worker can receive. This maximum amount is equal to the state’s average weekly wage. The Commission refigures this number every year on January 1. For injuries sustained in 2009, the ceiling for TTD payouts is $681.36; in 2010, it rose to $689.71 per week.
Weekly benefit payments are capped at a maximum of 500 payments, with a few exceptions. That means that even if you receive the maximum number of TTD payments, you will only get these benefits for about 9 1/2 years. That said, in cases of paraplegia, quadriplegia, or severe head injury, extension of benefits may be possible.