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Temporary Partial Disability

Temporary Partial disability is a term used in workers' compensation cases and is the time period in which an injured employee is still healing and is working light duty, on a part time or full time basis, and earning less than he or she would earn in the job he or she was working in before the injury. The employer pays temporary partial disability benefits to the injured employee until the worker has returned to his or her regular job.

Temporary partial disability refers to a short term circumstance where the person is only temporarily unable to perform his or her usual duties. Additionally, the injured worker is expected to fully recover and return to his or her normal work.

It is highly unlikely that a person who is collecting temporary partial disability through workers' compensation will qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration has strict guidelines and a narrow definition of "disabled."

The Social Security Administration will consider you disabled under Social Security rules if:

  • You cannot do work that you did before;
  • The Social Security Administration decides that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

Understanding your rights can be confusing. Contact us today to learn how the experienced social security disability benefit attorneys can help you.