What if my doctor takes me off work?
Should you be taken off work by the workers compensation physician because of your injury, your employer or its insurance company is required under the Tennessee Workers Compensation Act to pay what is called a temporary total disability check (TTD). The check is equal to 66 2/3% of your average weekly pay calculated by averaging the 52 weeks' wages prior to the date of injury subject to certain minimums and maximums for the TTD. You should start receiving this payment 15 days after sustaining your injury and be paid at least twice a month.
A doctor's note stating that you have been removed from work is required to be eligible for the TTD. The date of the injury is not included, but each day, whether or not consecutive, covered by the off work order is included.
An injured employee is not paid for the first seven (7) days of disability. On the eighth (8th) day, the employee is eligible for one day's benefits, on the ninth (9th) day, the employee is eligible for two days' benefits, and so on. If the employee continues to lose time from work through the fourteenth (14th) day, the seven–day waiting period will be picked up and the employee will be due benefits for all fourteen (14) days.
If you have any question about a claim or workers compensation benefits due you, please contact our offices for an opinion on your case. We can be reached online or at 800-705-2121.