Preparing for Life after Temporary Disability
If you have suffered a temporary disability in California, the state will pay partial wages to compensate for the time you are unable to work. However, you will only be eligible to receive temporary disability or short-term disability for a maximum of 104 weeks or until your doctor has determined that you have reached your maximum medical improvement (MMI). Depending on your disability, you may need the guidance and expertise of a Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorney from the Kenton Koszdin Law Office to help protect your rights regarding further disability benefits. Through a no-cost consultation with an experienced lawyer, you can learn the best course of action for your case.
What to Expect after Temporary Disability
Depending on how well you have recovered from your injury or illness, you will have the following options.
Return to Work
You may be able to return to work once your temporary disability benefits have ended. In the event that your abilities have been diminished, but you are still able to complete aspects of your former work, you should still contact your employer to inquire about any jobs that you might be able to perform.
If your employer does not have a job for you or refuses to create a modified or alternate job to accommodate your disability, you may be eligible to pursue a disability discrimination claim through the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. To begin the process of filing a discrimination claim, please contact Kenton Koszdin to begin building a strong case.
Find New Employment
In the event that you are unable to return to your former work, you may have to find work elsewhere.
If the medical examiner determines that your injuries have caused permanent disability (PD), you should begin receiving PD benefits from your claims administrator within 14 days after your temporary disability ends. You may be eligible for PD even if you are able to return to work, but your injuries have permanently reduced your earning capacity.
Trusted Disability Benefits Advocacy in Los Angeles
When an injury or illness interferes with your ability to make a living and provide for your family, the frustration can be made even worse by having to navigate disability benefits. At the Kenton Koszdin Law Office, we have the necessary experience and resources to help you understand your legal rights and guide you through the complex process of obtaining rightful financial assistance. If you would like to discuss your case, please do not hesitate to contact us at (800) 438-7734 to schedule a free, in-home consultation