An accident in your California workplace can leave you with serious injuries and financial losses that you cannot manage on your own. With the support of workers' compensation benefits, you may be able to recover a portion of your lost wages and cover your medical bills, but this may not be all you need. You might also need help when it is time to get back to work.
Through your employer's workers' compensation insurance, you may be able to secure vocational rehabilitation benefits. This means there may be support available to you that will help you transition back into the workplace with ease. These benefits are particularly useful for individuals who may not be able to return to the same job he or she had before their accident.
What types of benefits will you get?
The specific type of benefits you will get through your workers' compensation claim will depend on the nature of your injuries, your physical limitations and the job market. It might be helpful to seek an assessment of your case before you initiate the claims process in order to seek the full amount of support you need and deserve. Rehabilitation benefits may also include:
- Job search assistance
- Resume preparation
- Job market analysis
- Job application completion assistance
- Securing additional education needed and tuition support
If the injuries you suffered in your work accident left you with disabilities or specific types of limitations, you have rights in the workplace. Part of vocational rehabilitation benefits may also include making sure you get the help you need to find the right job or do your old job with necessary accommodations. Your benefits may also provide you with assistance to manage your medical case.
The rights of injured workers
Injured workers will find it beneficial to seek guidance regarding their individual workers' compensation claim. If you think that you could have a valid claim to rehabilitation benefits, you may find it useful to discuss your individual case with an experienced workers' comp attorney.
After a workplace accident, it is in your interests to act quickly to protect your rights. You are entitled to certain types of recovery and support, but it is not always easy to get the full amount you deserve. It may be helpful to seek a complete assessment of your case and explanation of the legal options available to you.