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If you're temporarily totally disabled and unable to return to work of any type, you should receive Louisiana Workers Compensation Temporary Total Disability benefits (often called "TTD") equal to two-thirds of the average weekly wages you were earning at the time of the accident.

Louisiana Workers Compensation Temporary Total Disability benefits are subject to maximum and minimum levels that are adjusted each year.

Accident Date
Sept 1, 1999 - Aug 31, 2000 384.00 102.00
Sept 1, 2000 - Aug 31, 2001 388.00 104.00
Sept 1, 2001 - Aug 31, 2002 398.00 106.00
Sept 1, 2002 - Aug 31, 2003 416.00 111.00
Sept 1, 2003 - Aug 31, 2004 429.00 114.00
Sept 1, 2004 - Aug 31, 2005 438.00 117.00
Sept 1, 2005 - Aug 31, 2006 454.00 121.00
Sept 1, 2006 - Aug 31, 2007 478.00 127.00
Sept 1, 2007 - Aug 31, 2008 522.00 139.00
Sept 1, 2008 - Aug 31, 2009 546.00 146.00
Sept 1, 2009 - Aug 31, 2010 577.00 154.00
Sept 1, 2010 - Aug 31, 2011 579.00 154.00
Sept 1, 2011 - Aug 31, 2012 592.00 158.00
Sept 1, 2012 - Aug 31, 2013 605.00 161.00

For example, if you were injured on January 15, 2009, and you had an average weekly wage of $900.00, your Louisiana Workers Compensation Temporary Total Disability benefit would be $546.00 per week. This is the maximum weekly benefit you would receive for as long as you receive Temporary Total Disability benefits. 

For another example, if you were injured on March 15, 2006, and you had an average weekly wage of $900.00, your Louisiana Workers Compensation Temporary Total Disability benefit would be $454.00 per week and it would remain $454.00 per week for as long as you receive Temporary Total Disability benefits.

The rule limiting the amount of benefits also applies to minimum payments. If you were injured on January 15, 2009, while working working part-time and earning $200.00 per week, your Louisiana Workers Compensation Temporary Total Disability benefits should be $146.00 per week even though that minimum payment is more than two-thirds of your average weekly wage

Temporary Total Disability Benefits are paid weekly and you should receive your first Temporary Total Disability Benefit payment within fourteen days of the date that you reported your injury to your employer. Though there is no limit on the number of weeks during which you may receive Temporary Total Disability Benefits, TTD usually ends when you are medically able to return some type of work or when you reach "maximum medical improvement."

You have reached "maximum medical improvement" when regular treatment by a doctor is no longer required and when your condition has stabilized to such a degree than a reasonably reliable determination of the extent of your disability can be assessed.

Once you've reached maximum medical improvement, you may continue to receive one of the other types of Louisiana Workers Compensation indemnity benefits if:

  • You remain unable to return to work, or
  • You have a permanent partial disability, or
  • You are able to return to work, but your medical condition prevents you from being able to earn at least 90% of the income you were earning before your injury.

Next: Supplemental Earnings Benefits (SEB)



David Buie, Louisiana Workers Compensation Attorney and Social Security Disability Attorney, 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1400, New Orleans, LA 70131, (800) 851-9405 / Fax: (866) 702-5297 Representing claimants in:
Alexandria Baton Rouge Bossier City Covington Gretna
Hammond Harahan Harvey Houma Kenner Lafayette Lake Charles
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