Learn About: Temporary Total Compensation

Learn About Ohio Workers' Compensation

Temporary Total Compensation

The Ohio workers' compensation system can be confusing. Our learn about pages provide basic information about the Ohio workers' compensation system. You can find out more about the system from our Ohio Workers' Compensation Guide or our explanation of Ohio workers' compensation terms.

Learn about temporary total compensation:

  • You cannot work while receiving temporary total. If you are working, but have suffered a wage loss because of the allowed conditions in your claim, you may be eligible for wage loss compensation.
  • You may be able to receive temporary total while engaging in volunteer activities, as long as you are not paid and the volunteer activities do not violate the medical restrictions which are supporting the temporary total compensation.
  • It is important that you keep your doctor appointments, physical therapy appointments and any other scheduled appointments or treatment that your doctor feels will make you better.
  • File the BWC's form C-84 to request temporary total compensation. You must sign and date the C-84 — the BWC will not pay temporary total based on a C-84 unless the injured worker has signed page 1. You must also answer all questions or the processing of the request may be delayed.
  • You must also file medical evidence to support the period of temporary total. This information can be filed on the MEDCO-14 form, which must be signed by the doctor. Make sure to get the form to the doctor at least two weeks before the previous time period ends so that the doctor will have time to fill it out. Many doctors will want you to have an appointment before they will extend your temporary total.
  • The doctor should fill out an estimated return to work date on the MEDCO-14. The doctor can change the estimated return to work date later, if you are still unable to return to work.
  • The doctor must list the correct conditions that are allowed in the claim in section 4A. The form will not be processed if the wrong conditions are listed. The doctor also must sign the form.

See our temporary total page for more information about temporary total compensation.

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