Benefits for Injured Workers

Along with coverage for medical treatment received by the injured worker, the employer may also be responsible for paying for lost wages, varying disability benefits and survivor’s benefits. The doctor’s evaluation of the injured worker’s medical condition will help determine the employee’s eligibility to receive certain benefits.

Lost Wages

If the doctor determines that the injured worker is unable to return to work due to their injuries or the employee is off work recovering from a surgery, they may be entitled to temporary total disability (TTD) benefits. Benefits are generally paid weekly and should be based upon two-thirds of the employee’s average weekly wage. If the doctor determines that the injured worker can perform light or modified duty work, the employer may offer such work and the employee may not be eligible for TTD benefits. These benefits can be continued until the employee returns to work or when treatment has been concluded because the employee has reached “maximum medical improvement”.

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Disability Benefits

Permanent partial disability (PPD) means that the employee’s work injury affects their ability to do some jobs or work tasks but they are still able to work at some job (not necessarily the job they had at the time of injury). Permanent total disability (PTD) means that the employee is no longer able to work at any job. If the employee’s last work-related injury alone causes their permanent total disability, they may be entitled to weekly payments for life from the employer and its insurer, or they may want to negotiate a lump-sum settlement instead of the weekly lifetime payment.

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Benefit Payments

Compensation is not paid for the first three days an employee is unable to work. Unless the employee is unable to work for more than 14 consecutive days, then the “three-day waiting period” is also paid. Disability payments and medical bills are paid by the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.

Temporary Partial Disability

Temporary Total Disability

Permanent Partial Disability

Permanent Total Disability

Related: Injured Workers: How the Second Injury Fund Can Help You

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Emergency Personnel Killed in the Line of Duty

Benefits are available for survivors of firefighters, volunteer firefighters, law enforcement officers, air ambulance pilots, air ambulance registered professional nurses, and emergency medical technicians who are killed in the line of duty when:

A $25,000 death benefit shall be awarded to the estate of the individual killed in the line of duty. The death benefit is in addition to any other pension rights, death benefits, or other compensation to which the claimant may otherwise be entitled by law. To claim benefits, the estate of the deceased must file a Claim for Compensation with the Division within one year from the date of death.

DISCLAIMER - More Information

The Employers, Insurers, TPAs section of the Workers' Compensation portion of this web site is targeted specifically to employers, insurers and third party administrators and is intended to be a resource throughout the workers' compensation claim process. It is NOT intended to be a substitute for legal representation.

Injured workers seeking information about the workers' compensation process should use the Injured Workers section of the Workers' Compensation web site to find information targeted specifically to them.

Additional information about Missouri Workers' Compensation laws, the Division of Workers Compensation, the Second Injury Fund and more may be found via the Workers' Compensation home page.