Workers comp pay in Wisconsinis based upon several factors and the type of benefits. First, there is temporary total disability, or TTD benefits, which is paid to you after a work-related injury prevents you from working at all and you are still in the healing period. This can last from a few days to several years depending on the severity of the injury and the nature of the treatment. For injuries occurring in 2019, the maximum rate for TTD was $1,016 per week. Basically, workers compensation TTD pays at 2/3 of a person's weekly average wage, but the maximum wage rate is $1,524 in 2019. If a person earns a lower average weekly wage rate, then the weekly TTD rate would be correspondingly lower. For example, an average weekly wage of $600 would result in a workers comp TTD rate of $400 per week.
The healing period in Wisconsin workers compensation law is very important because is defines the time period in which a claim for temporary total disability benefits are due. The phrase "healing period" is not defined in Wis. Stats. Ch. 102 but the courts have interpreted it to mean "the period prior to the time when the condition becomes stationary." Knobbe v. Indus. Comm'n, 208 Wis. 185, 189 (1932). The Knobbe court explained that during this period, "the employee is submitting to treatment, is convalescing, still suffering from his injury, and unable to work because of the accident. The interval may continue until the employee is restored so far as the permanent character of his injuries will permit." Knobbe at 190. As the court later stated in Larsen Co. v. Industrial Commission, 9 Wis. 2d 386, 392, (1960), "[a]n employee's disability is no longer temporary when the point is reached that there has occurred all of the improvement that is likely to occur as a result of treatment and convalescence." The phrase 'healing plateau' is often used to say that the employee is at the end of the healing period.