The Return-to-Work Supplement ProgramBy Kenton Koszdin on September 14, 2018 | In Workers Compensation
If you are unemployed due to an injury in the workplace, money can get tight. This is especially true because an injury is unexpected and you may not have planned for it. Workers’ Compensation Benefits may not always cover all your expenses, especially if you have a family to support. If you find that you’re struggling to make ends meet, the Return-to-Work Supplement Program (RTWSP) may be able to help you.
How Do You Know if You Are Eligible?
The date of your injury must be in 2013 or later to be eligible, as this is when the program began. You must also have received a Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit (SJDB) Voucher for the same injury. It is important to document everything regarding your Workers’ Compensation claim so you can apply for the Return-to-Work Supplement Program once you’ve been served with the SJDB voucher.
How Much Will You Receive?
The Return-to-Work Supplement Program will award the injured worker with a one-time payment of $5,000 that can help pay bills while you are trying to get back to work. You can also use these funds to acquire a new wardrobe or additional training for a new position. If you are already eligible for the SJDB Voucher, you are most likely also available for the RTWSP. As only about half of those who are eligible for it actually apply, it is important to talk to someone about the benefits to which you may be entitled.
What is the Deadline to Apply for the RTWSP?
You will have one year from the date that your Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit voucher was served. Proof of your SJDB and when it was served will be required for the approval of your Return-to-Work Supplement Program application. Once you are served the SJDB voucher, it is important to apply for the RTWSP right away so you don’t have to wait even longer.
What Paperwork is Required to Apply for the Return-to-Work Supplement Program?
As mentioned, you will need your SJDB voucher complete with signature and proof that it was served to you, which should be dated. Your adjudication number (ADJ number) can be found through public records and is a necessary part of the application process. Your Workers’ Compensation claim number can be found along with any paperwork you’ve received from them.
While there are helpful instructions that can ease the process of applying for the Return-to-Work Supplement Program, it can still be rather overwhelming. A Workers’ Compensation Lawyer may be able to help you receive these funds which are beneficial for those who aren’t receiving enough from their Workers’ Compensation claim. This program is unique to California and only a Workers’ Compensation lawyer in California can give you the support you need throughout the process of applying for this additional benefit. Los Angeles-based Kenton Koszdin and his team may be able to help you with the additional funds after a workplace injury. Call or message us for a free case review.