If you have been injured, returning to work can provide many financial, physical, and emotional benefits. However, some injuries may prohibit workers from going back to the same job they had before the accident. For example, if a commercial truck driver breaks his back and becomes partially paralyzed, he will be unlikely to return to his former line of work. However, vocational rehabilitative services may help injured workers find employment that is tailored to their needs after an injury.
Here’s what you need to know:
What Is Vocational Rehabilitation?
Vocational rehabilitation is a service to help injured and impaired workers learn the necessary skills to return to their former jobs or work in a different vocation. It is designed to make the transition into other fields of work smooth. Injured workers who face long-term disabilities or other physical impairments may be able to benefit from vocational rehabilitation.
How Does It Work?
Different states have different options for vocational rehabilitation services. In California, injured workers who cannot return to their former jobs, or who are suffering from permanent partial disability, may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation. The Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit (SJDB) provides a voucher of $6,000 to help workers cover the costs of retraining and education programs.
The SJDB benefits may cover expenses for:
- Certification, testing, and licensing fees
- Computer equipment
- Training course tools and equipment
- Miscellaneous expenses related to vocational education
Vocational rehabilitation may involve several educational services and programs. These include job placement, skill evaluation, resume writing, career counseling, job training, and other educational assistance. These services are designed to help impaired workers learn new skills and obtain employment with the goal of reaching a level of pay equal to the level of pay they had before the injury. From classroom education, to certification tests, to on-the-job training for a new career, vocational rehab offers many practical benefits to help injured workers transition back into the workforce.
Call Our San Jose Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today at (408) 709-7317
The Law Offices of Andrew B. Shin has guided numerous clients through the complicated and stressful process of workers’ compensation in California. If you have been injured and are unable to return to the original vocation or position you had before your injury, we can discuss your options for vocational rehab. Our San Jose workers’ compensation attorney can help you file the necessary paperwork and guide you through the process. Furthermore, if you are pursuing a financial settlement for your injuries, or are facing discrimination based on your disability, we can build your case and represent you in court.
Contact our office today for a free consultation.