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If an employee`s injury has resulted in a disability that prevents the person from returning to work at all ­that is, the person is completely disabled for all work purposes­ then the employee may receive temporary total disability payments. If the period of disability is fourteen days or less then the compensation benefit payments may not be allowed for the first three days of disablement except for payments for hospital, nursing or other medical services, funeral expenses or medicine. If the period of temporary disability lasts for more than fourteen days, then the compensation is allowed from the date of disability.

A covered employee is temporarily totally disabled due to an accidental injury or an occupational disease the employer or its insurer shall pay to the covered employee compensation that equals two­thirds of the average weekly wage on the covered employee, up to a maximum of the average Maryland weekly wage. The average Maryland weekly wage is calculated every year by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) and provided to the Commission for use in its calculations.

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