Temporary Work Injuries – What Are They and Do They Qualify for Workers Comp?

Temporary injuries are injuries that do not leave permanent damage and from which you can recover completely in a relatively short period of time.

Sometimes, work injuries are inevitable. No matter how careful you are or the precautions you are taking, it can still happen. And, when it does, it’s comforting to know that you will be taken care of. Companies in Missouri must carry workers compensation insurance to offer employees that get hurt on the job, the funds they need to pay for medical treatment and account for the lost wages.

Is a temporary work injury enough to get you qualified for workers compensation. The short answer is yes, and if your employer denied you this right, then you should get in touch with a St. Louis workers’ compensation attorney immediately.

What Are Temporary Injuries?

In the laws terms, injuries are classified according to their seriousness, which is rationalized by a series of factors like the number of hospitalization days, length of treatment needed for recovery, number of working days lost because of the injury, and so on.

Temporary injuries are injuries that do not leave permanent damage and from which you can recover completely in a relatively short period of time. These types of injuries may include broken bones, acute illnesses, concussions, wounds, etc. Of course, even if you will eventually recover from the injury, it doesn’t mean they won’t impact your working capabilities and quality of life. That’s why you are entitled to compensation if they happened while you were exerting your work duties.

What Temporary Injuries Qualify You for Workers Compensation?

When it comes to workers comp, these are the terms to be used when talking about temporary injuries: TTD (temporary total disability) and TPD (Temporary partial disability.) These define the amount of work or salary you lose because of restricted functionality from your injuries. The amount you can get for them will never match your previous pay, but it will be calculated according to it.

Your doctor will decide where you are fitting in under this classification. If you do not agree with the initial diagnosis, you are entitled to a second opinion.

If You Have Suffered a Temporary Injury

If you suffered temporary injuries at the workplace and you are unsure whether you will meet the necessary conditions to get compensated or not, get in touch with an experienced St. Louis workers compensation attorney. Make sure to also gather as much evidence as you can to base your claim on. That’s how you maximize your chances of getting your claim approved.

At the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann, our legal team has a strong history of helping injured workers get the medical attention and financial compensation that they need. When we take on your case you can be sure that everything will be done to protect your rights and get you the compensation you and your family need to recover and move forward. Call us today at (314) 361-4300.

Updated: April 5, 2021