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Again, depending upon your individual case and circumstances, you may qualify for one or more of the three types of income benefits. Income benefits are based upon your average gross weekly wages, but they are always at least 1/3 lower than your average weekly wage.

* Temporary Total Disability (“TTD”) is paid if you must miss more than 5 consecutive work days. In Georgia, weekly total disability benefit payments are equal to two-thirds of your average weekly wage up to the maximum of $525.00 per week, if you were injured after July 1, 2013. If you were injured before July 1, 2013, the maximum benefit payment you are entitled to receive is $500.00 per week. You will need a doctor’s excuse stating that (due to your work injury or illness) you cannot return to work for the days you will have to miss. Do not miss work without a doctor giving you a written excuse to do so; that could jeopardize your job. * Temporary Partial Disability (“TPD”) is paid if the doctor finds that you can only return to work on a “light duty” or “restricted duty” basis and, because of that restricted duty, you earn less money than you would ordinarily have earned while working full duty. Again, a doctor must provide a written light duty restriction. TPD benefits are calculated at two-thirds of the portion of salary loss due to your job injury and subsequent work restrictions. * Permanent Partial Disability (“PPD”) is a benefit payment for a work-related injury or illness that leaves you with a permanent partial disability. A doctor is the only one who can determine if you qualify for a permanent partial disability payment.

Some injuries are known as “catastrophic” injuries and if your injury is deemed catastrophic, then the weekly “cap” on income benefits does not apply. However, those injuries are unusual, very severe, and complicated. I do not address catastrophic issues on this page. However, I will be glad to explain that type of injury or illness personally, either at my office or on the phone.

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