Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits under Oklahoma Workers Compensation Law:
To be eligible for TTD benefits in Oklahoma you must be unable to work for more than seven (7) calendar days due to your injuries. It is important to note that unless the Court finds you were unable to work for more than twenty one (21) days no benefits are paid for the first seven (7) days. In most cases a appearance at the Oklahoma Workers Compensation Court is not required to start TTD benefits but in some cases it is necessary and in either event this is the job of your Ok workers comp attorney.
Under Oklahoma Workers Comp law the amount of money you will receive for TTD benefits is based on your average weekly wage before you were injured. You will receive 70% of your average weekly wage up to the State’s maximum. The State of Oklahoma workers comp maximum TTD benefit for injuries from November 1, 2011 to October 31, 2012 is $735.00 and from November 1, 2010 to October 31, 2011 is $716.00. As you can see, for the purpose of calculating your maximum possible temporary disability payment it matters when the work injury occurred.
Once you have been approved for TTD benefits they are paid on a weekly basis. The duration of TTD payments depend on several things like the date you were injured, what was injured and to what degree and when you are found to be at maximam medical improvement In general the maximum time allowed for TTD benefits is 156 weeks unless there is a consequential injury and then you maybe entitled to an additional 52 weeks. TTD benefits for soft tissue injuries are 8 weeks.
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