How long will I receive workers’ compensation benefits?
The length of time that you will receive benefits depends on the state you live in and your type of injury.
There are four different injury classifications:
- Temporary Total Disability — you are temporarily completely unable to work.
- Temporary Partial Disability — you are able to work, but temporarily not at full capacity.
- Permanent Total Disability — you are completely and permanently unable to work.
- Permanent Partial Disability — part of your wage-earning capacity has been permanently lost.
Your compensation is awarded on a weekly basis. The number of weeks depends on your classification and your state, but most time limits fall between three and seven years. If you are permanently disabled, your benefits will generally never run out, though certain states have exceptions.