Workers’ Compensation Lawyers for Temporary Total Disability

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Workers’ Compensation – Temporary Total Disability


If you have suffered a disability because of a workplace injury, it is important to understand how the workers’ compensation commission and insurers will treat your case so you can start building your strongest claim from the beginning.

At Rutter Mills, our workers’ compensation lawyers use their wealth of experience to help workers maximize their workers’ comp claims. Employers and insurance companies may be working against you when you need help the most, but our team is here to help you get back on your feet.

There are over 50,000 workplace injuries in Virginia every year. 


Educational and healthcare workers had the highest number of incidents.  


Virginia workers in construction, manufacturing, and transportation see a higher rate of work-related fatalities than the national average.

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What is Temporary Total Disability in Virginia?

Virginia law allows injured workers to obtain workers comp for total disability, whether it is temporary or permanent. The disability can be caused by an accident or an occupational disease. Temporary total disability is referred to as TTD, and it provides lost wages for the time that a worker is unable to work due to an injury.

TTD is the most common form of workers comp lost wage benefits in the state. If you qualify for TTD, you are eligible for a maximum of 500 weeks of lost wage benefits. This is a strict cap; you cannot receive any more TTD payments even if you are still not able to work – either in your previous job or in some other line of work – after that time expires.

How is Temporary Total Disability Determined?

Your disability must be determined by a doctor who instructs you not to work. The doctor needs to be clear in stating “no work.” The choice of doctor can impact how smoothly your claim goes. The choice is limited and it is important to speak with an attorney early in the process to receive some guidance in the process.

You may be eligible for TTD if your injury is temporary but leaves you completely unable to fulfill your work duties. For example, if you break a bone and it prevents you from working a construction job or any available light-duty tasks, your doctor will deem you totally disabled until you are healed enough to return to work.

Eligibility for TTD begins once your injury has kept you out of work for at least seven days. If the disability prevents you from working for at least 21 days, you will also be eligible to recover for the first seven days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Temporary total disability benefits may seem long-lasting, but for a serious injury, they may run out.

TTD may provide you with 2/3 of your average weekly pay, with the possibility of annual cost of living adjustments. These payments can continue for 500 weeks, which is 9 1/2 years. If your disability continues and you have reached maximum medical improvement, you may be eligible to receive permanent disability benefits. This requires filing a claim and participating in a hearing before the workers’ compensation commission, so speak with an attorney if you believe this is an option for you.

Not every workplace accident qualifies for workers’ compensation TTD benefits, and those that do may still require a fight before the workers’ compensation commission.

The first step is to be able to show that your injury or occupational illness was the result of your employment. If you were a contractor rather than an employee or injured outside of work, you may not be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits.

You will then need to seek approval of your claim by your employer’s insurance carrier. The insurance companies often fight claims, so having a knowledgeable attorney on your side is valuable. Then, you will need to see the case through and possibly reevaluate.

In an ideal situation, you will recover and head back to work. However, this is not always the case. If you reach maximum medical improvement or the benefit deadline of 500 weeks, you may or may not be ready to return to work. If you are not, speak with experienced Virginia attorneys for total disability workers’ comp to discuss your options.

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Seek Guidance from a TTD Lawyer

The workers’ compensation system is complex; navigating it while you are recovering from an injury can be very frustrating and confusing. The process can run more smoothly when you know your rights under the law. The team at Rutter Mills can help.

As a worker, you have the employer’s team and insurance company stacked up against you. Level the playing field with an aggressive yet caring personal injury lawyer at Rutter Mills. Over the past 50 years, we have successfully represented thousands of clients in workers’ compensation cases. Schedule a free consultation today with our Norfolk or Newport News office.

Additional Virginia Temporary Total Disability Resources:

  1. Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, Injured Worker’s Benefits Guide,
  2. Code of Virginia, § 65.2-500. Compensation for total incapacity; computation of average wage; exclusion of AmeriCorps members, certain Food Stamp Employment and Training Program participants, and certain Temporary Assistance for Needy Families participants,

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Dave suffered serious injuries in a car accident. The defendant’s insurance company tried to offer him a low amount so Dave called Rutter Mills. We took over dealing with the insurance and got Dave the money he needed to get back on his feet.

They enabled me to be happy in life again.

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Glenn’s car accident changed his life, but not permanently thanks to the help of his Rutter Mills attorney. When the insurance companies wouldn’t help him, our team fought back and won.

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On his way home from work at the shipyard, Dan was involved in an accident. He tried to file a claim on his own, but the insurance company wouldn’t give him the money he needed to put his life back on track. Dan knew he needed to call Rutter Mills.

They actually won my case 3 times!

Larena's Win

After her car accident, Larena asked her father, a local stevedore, for his advice on who to call. He recommended Rutter Mills. Her team of car accident experts at Rutter Mills fought back when the insurance companies tried to deny her the money she needed to recuperate from her injuries. We took her case to trial – and won. When the insurance company filed their appeals, we beat them again – two more times! Larena got the money she needed and the justice she deserved.

We’re going to immediately call Rutter Mills. That’s the people I trust with my baby girl.

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After a car accident, Jamaree’s first call was to her mom. She was shaken up and scared. Mom told her “We’re calling Rutter Mills. Her next was to Rutter Mills. Her Rutter Mills car accident team helped her get compensation “above & beyond” what she was expecting.

They lifted allot of stress off my shoulders. I recommend them to anybody because they WILL fight for you.

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After John was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, he turned to the person he trusts most for a recommendation. His wife, a paralegal of 30 years, told him to call Rutter Mills on the advice of the lawyer she worked for.

They really care for you as a person. Words cannot describe what Rutter Mills did for me and for my case.

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Don’t Go It Alone

When the insurance company tried to get Carol to sign paperwork after her car accident, she knew she needed a lawyer. Carol knew she needed Rutter Mills.

When I called Rutter Mills, I knew it was the right fit. They’re so interested in helping you get justice.

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When Mom Needs Strength

Taryn was in a car accident while she was pregnant. She knew she needed someone in her corner to protect her rights and her family’s future.

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A devasting accident changed Levon’s life forever. The physical and emotional toll left him scared and in pain. When the insurance company for the defendant contacted the family, they made an offer that did not even cover the cost of the medication, much less doctors’ bills, and physical therapy. They knew they needed to talk to a serious lawyer. Rutter Mills took care of the negotiation so Levon could focus on healing.

When you’ve got a serious injury, you need a serious lawyer. That’s why we chose Rutter Mills.

Motorcycle Accidents Change Everything

When Ed was injured in a motorcycle crash, he knew he needed a serious lawyer to protect his rights. The insurance companies were fighting him every step of the way. Rutter Mills helped prove Ed’s case and get him the money he needed to get on the road to recovery.

With the seriousness of the accident, I knew that we needed a serious lawyer. I needed Rutter Mills.

Carol & Levon's Story

They knew they needed a serious lawyer when Carol and her son were seriously injured. After the other party’s insurance company tried to get her to settle for less than she needed, Carol called Rutter Mills for help. We took on the insurance company so she could focus on healing.

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We are here for you in your time of need, providing compassionate guidance and aggressive advocacy in a wide range of personal injury matters. Our top-rated attorneys will fight the insurance companies and get you back on your feet.

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We’re here to listen. A member of our team will meet with you, focusing on not only what happened, but also what you are going through and how it’s impacted your life. Then we’ll tell you what options are available to you to get on the road to recovery.

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Truck accidents are often serious. We are here to listen to your story so we can guide you to healing. Our team has represented some of the largest truck accident cases in Virginia. Call us and see how we can help you today.

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If you’ve been injured on the job, workers’ compensation insurance may entitle you to critical assistance like medical treatment, lost wages, and more. But insurance companies will put up an aggressive fight to resist paying you the compensation you need and deserve. Rutter Mills can help get you the money you deserve.

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From start to finish my attorney Mr. Daniel DeLalla was above amazing, professional, and on top of his game same goes for his outstanding paralegal Cathrine even with covid slowing down our legal process over a year they never missed a beat and stayed in connect with me through it all never more then a call,text, or email away and they worked they fingers to the bone for me and got me a amazing outcome settlement that will change the life for me and my family I am not a easy person to please and they without a doubt gave me what I expected and more thank you guys again honestly your both out of this world!!

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