Compensation for time off work (temporary total disability)
Let's get back to temporary total disability. The important thing is to realize this; the insurance adjuster will frequently underestimate your temporary total disability rate. (We'll be generous and assume this is done by accident.) So do the math and if you think you're being underpaid, let the adjuster know.
In order to be entitled to temporary total disability, you need regularly updated work status slips from your doctor. Your doctor might take you off work completely, or place you on temporary restrictions. If you refuse to even try this light duty, your temporary total disability will be cut off. So show up for the light duty job and give it an honest try, as long as it's within your restrictions. If performing the job causes pain, see your doctor and get your restrictions modified accordingly.
Bear in mind that if youre working light duty but earning less than you would normally be earning, you're entitled to a different benefit called temporary partial disability.
Excerpt from Mark Weissburg's book, How to Win a Workers Compensation Claim in Illinois
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