If you sustain a work injury that prevents you from working at all during your time of recovery, you may qualify for temporary total disability payments. Generally speaking, TTD payments are two-thirds of the wages you typically receive from income, tips, commissions, bonuses and other forms of income.
Though most people generally receive two-thirds of their typical income from TTD payments, you cannot receive more than the maximum limits or less than the minimum. The California Department of Industrial Relations explains the maximum and minimum limits on TTD payments.
Maximum limits on TTD payments
Unfortunately, the DIR does set caps on how much you can receive from TTD payments. How much you may receive depends on your date of injury. For example, if your injury occurred in 2014 and you made more than $1,611.96 per week from all sources of income, the most you can receive in TTD payments is $1,074.64 weekly. However, if your date of injury occurred in 2016, you may receive a maximum of $1,128.43 a week. The maximums increase with each passing year.
Minimum Limits on TTD payments
Just like you may receive less than two-thirds of your weekly paycheck, you may also receive more than that amount thanks to state law minimums. As with maximum limits, the amount you may receive depends on the date of your injury. For example, if you sustained an injury during 2014 and you earned less than $241.79 per week, you cannot receive less than $161.19 per week. However, if you sustained an injury during 2016, you cannot receive less than $169.26 per week.
Minimum and maximum TTD limits are in place to protect you and other injured workers during your recovery. If you sustained a work injury, it is important to understand these limits and your rights.