Permanent Disability

Understanding Various Benefits In Workers’ Compensation Cases

Under South Dakota’s workers’ compensation laws, injured workers may be eligible to recover different types of benefits depending upon the extent of their injuries. In all cases, there is a seven-day waiting period before benefits can be paid. At Christensen Law Office, PC, we advocate for injured workers and ensure they obtain the benefits they qualify to receive.

Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) benefits are for workers who are able to return to work but cannot work the same number of hours. The worker will receive a percentage of the difference between their pre-injury average weekly wage and their post-injury wage.

Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits are for injured workers who are unable to return to work after seven consecutive days. Under South Dakota law, a worker may receive 66 2/3 percent of their average weekly wage.

Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefits are for injured workers who have suffered permanent damage from a workplace injury or illness that partially impairs their ability to work. An injured worker can receive 66 2/3 percent of their salary. The weekly payment minimum is $299 if the injured worker’s average wage is less.

Permanent Total Disability (PTD) benefits are for workers whose injuries prevent them from returning to work.

We Work To Secure The Benefits You Are Owed

Because South Dakota workers’ compensation laws are complex, it is common for injured workers who attempt to navigate the process on their own to miss out on the benefits they qualify to receive. Our goal is always to put more money in your pocket than you would recover without us, even after attorney fees are paid.

If you are coping with a work-related injury, or if workers’ compensation benefits you were receiving were terminated before your doctor said you are able to return to work, we can help. We welcome the opportunity to review your situation and recommend a course of action. Call 605-250-6255 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.