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Understanding Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits in California Workers’ Compensation

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Understanding your rights and the benefits available to you after a workplace injury is crucial to making sure you get the care you need and are properly compensated under California’s workers’ compensation system. Most people are aware that workers’ comp covers medical expenses and also pays a portion of your wages while you are out of work. A lesser-known benefit offered by the state comes in the form of Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits (SJDB). See below for an overview of this valuable benefit. If you’ve been injured on the job in Southern California and need help getting the workers’ compensation benefits owed to you, contact Invictus Law, P.C., for help from a board-certified workers’ compensation specialist with offices in Orange and Ontario, serving injured workers throughout Orange County and the Inland Empire.

What Are Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits?

Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits are a form of workers’ compensation benefit designed to assist injured workers who are unable to return to their previous employment due to work-related injuries. SJDB aims to help these individuals in acquiring new skills or training to reenter the workforce in a new capacity.

These benefits typically come in the form of a non-transferable voucher that can be used for educational-related retraining or skill enhancement. This may include payment for tuition, fees, books, and other expenses associated with vocational rehabilitation or skill-building programs.

Eligibility Criteria for SJDB

To be eligible for SJDB, several criteria must be met:

  1. Work-Related Injury: The injury must be work-related and covered under workers’ compensation insurance.

  2. Permanent Work Restrictions: Your treating physician must certify that you have permanent work restrictions.

  3. Employment Status: Your employer must be unable to accommodate these restrictions, thus preventing you from returning to your previous job.

The Voucher System Explained

The SJDB voucher value and usage are governed by specific rules:

  • Voucher Value: The value depends on the extent of the disability and ranges from $4,000 to $10,000.

  • Usage: It can be used for education, training, skill enhancement, and certain licensing or certification fees.

  • Expiry: The voucher has an expiration date, typically within two years from the date of receipt or five years from the injury, whichever is later.

How Invictus Law, P.C. Can Help

At Invictus Law, P.C., we understand the challenges injured workers face in Orange County and the Inland Empire. Our expertise in workers’ compensation law enables us to provide comprehensive guidance on SJDB. We can assist in:

  1. Determining Eligibility: Assessing your situation to determine if you qualify for SJDB.

  2. Navigating the Claims Process: Guiding you through the workers’ compensation claims process to ensure your rights are protected.

  3. Maximizing Your Benefits: Ensuring you receive the maximum benefits you are entitled to, including SJDB.

  4. Legal Representation: Representing you in any disputes or challenges that arise during your claim.

For workers in Southern California coping with job-related injuries, understanding and accessing Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits is a critical step toward a successful recovery and return to the workforce. Invictus Law, P.C., with its deep understanding of workers’ compensation law in Orange County and the Inland Empire, stands ready to assist injured workers in navigating this complex process and securing the benefits they rightfully deserve.

To learn more about how we can support you in your workers’ compensation claim and help you access your Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits, contact Invictus Law, P.C. at our Orange or Ontario offices today by calling 949-287-5711 or 888-9WORKLAW.

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