Suffering an injury at work can lead to devastating consequences. Not only can it mean that you go through painful experiences and suffer a loss of independence for a significant amount of time, but you may not be physically capable of continuing in the work role that you have.
The effects of a serious work injury can be extremely stressful, having a big impact on your personal and financial well-being. However, there are benefits in place to help California workers in this situation to adjust to the changes. It is important that you learn more about how you may be able to retrain for a new career or gain benefits to help you cope with a loss of income.
Who can claim Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits in California?
If you have been recently injured at work and, as a result, suffer from a disability that is permanent, it is likely that you will not be able to carry on working in the role that you previously held. If this is the case, your employer may be able to offer you an alternative role at the same rate of pay. If your employer does not offer you alternative work, you will be eligible for a non-transferable voucher that is known as a Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit.
What is a Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit?
These benefits help disabled workers to gain formal education and training that can help them to get a job in the future. This can mean that they are able to regain the standard of living that they enjoyed before their injury. Injured workers will be supported through this process, and a roadmap will be developed to help them set timeframes for specific goals to be accomplished.
Will I receive financial benefits during this time?
It is likely that you will be able to claim workers' compensation to cover some lost income during this time. You may also be able to make a claim as part of the Return-to-Work Supplement program.
If you want to make sure you are getting all the financial support you are entitled to while recovering from your work-related injury, it is important to understand the law in California.