Definition of Temporary Disability
Temporary disability means a physical or mental disability that hinders a person from carrying out their responsibilities for a short period of time. Temporary disability is a curable impairment of physical or mental facilities that may impede a person from functioning normally for only as long as they are receiving treatment. As it applies to workers' compensation, temporary disability is the inability of a worker to be able to do their job because of a work-related injury or illness.
There are two kinds of temporary disability when it comes to workers' compensation. They are temporary partial disability, TPD, and temporary total disability, TTD,. When a worker has a job-related injury or illness that brings about temporary partial disability, it means that they cannot do the job they were doing before their injury or illness, temporarily, but they still may be able to do some other type of work, such as what is known as light duty or alternate work. However, they may still be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits because they are unable to earn as much as they were earning in the job they had before their disability. When a worker has a temporary total disability as a result of their injury or illness, it means that they are temporarily unable to do any type of work. Because of this, they will receive a greater compensation than a worker who has a temporary partial disability.