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Temporary Income Benefits (TIBs)

Texas Labor Code (TLC) §§ 408 .101 - 408.105
28 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §§ 129.1 - 129.11

You may be paid temporary income benefits (TIBs) if your work-related injury or illness causes you to lose all or some of your wages for more than seven (7) days. If you work more than one job, you may be paid TIBs if you lose all or some of your wages from other employers. (See multiple employment).

Amount of Temporary Income Benefits

Temporary income benefits are equal to 70 percent of the difference between your average weekly wage and the wages you are able to earn after your work-related injury. If you earned less than $8.50 per hour before you were injured and, you were injured before September 1, 2015, your temporary income benefits for the first 26 weeks of payments will equal 75 percent of the difference between your average weekly wage and the wages you are able to earn after your work-related injury. If you earned less than $10 an hour before you were injured, and you were injured on or after September 1, 2015, your temporary income benefits for the first 26 weeks of payments will equal 75 percent of the difference between your average weekly wage and the wages you are able to earn after your work-related injury.

The amount of temporary income benefits is subject to maximum and minimum benefit amounts. For example, if your average weekly wage was $500, and your injury or illness caused you to lose all of your income, your TIBs would be $350 a week:

Your average weekly wage $500
Minus your wages after the injury - $0
Lost wages $500

70 percent of $500 (.70 x $500) equals $350

After an injury, your doctor may release you to return to work at modified duty; i.e., changes made to your regular job, or a temporary or alternate work assignment. You may still be entitled to TIBs if your employer provides the modified duty at reduced wages.

For example, if your average weekly wage prior to the work-related injury was $500, and you returned to work doing a modified job after the work-related injury and you are now earning $200 per week to work only 4 hours a day, your temporary income benefits would still be $210 a week.

Your average weekly wage $500
Minus your wages after the injury - $200
Lost wages $300

70 percent of $300 (.70 x $300) equals $210

By returning to work, you are able to receive a total of $410 per week. This includes the wages you are able to earn ($200) plus the TIBs ($210) paid to you by the insurance company for lost wages.

When TIBs begin and end

You become eligible for TIBs after you miss eight (8) days from work. Remember, disability refers to your inability to earn an income, not to a physical handicap. You have disability if your work-related injury or illness causes you to lose all or some of your usual pay. Benefits are not paid for the first week of lost wages unless disability lasts for two (2) weeks (14 days) or more.

TIBs end at the earlier of:

  • the date you reach maximum medical improvement (the point that your work-related injury or illness has improved as much as it is going to improve),
  • the date you are again physically able to earn your average weekly wage which would be the same wages you were earning prior to being injured on-the-job, or
  • at the end of 104 weeks from your 8th day of disability.


Last updated: 05/16/2016

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