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Workers' compensation and the return-to-work supplement

There are many different aspects to workers' compensation benefits of which San Jose workers should be aware. In many instances, it goes beyond the most commonly understood basics such as payment of medical expenses and coverage for lost wages. One part of workers' compensation that might affect certain people is the return-to-work supplement program (RTWSP).

Workers' compensation and supplemental job displacement benefits

Workers in California who are injured and permanently disabled may qualify to receive supplemental job displacement benefits through worker's compensation. This is a voucher that can be used to pay for the enhancement of skills or to be retrained. There are different rules for people who suffered their injuries between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2012 and those who were injured on or after January 1, 2013.

Workers' compensation and restrictions when returning to work

When a San Jose worker is injured on the job, it is possible that he or she will eventually recover sufficiently to return to work. However, there are often questions as to what kind of work can be done upon one's return. This is why knowing the rules in California for restrictions with regard to workers' compensation claims is important.

How is medical care handled in a workers' compensation claim?

A San Jose worker who is injured on the job or suffers a condition from the type of work he or she does and cannot work will need to consider workers' compensation. One integral aspect of workers' compensation benefits is medical care. There are frequently concerns as to who pays for it, what treatment is available, and if there are any limits on the type of treatment that can be received. Knowing the details of these factors can help a worker who is not receiving the medical care he or she is supposed to or if an employer is not paying the medical expenses as required under the law.

What are TD benefits through workers' compensation?

When workers in San Jose and throughout California suffer an injury on the job or become ill because of the work they do, there might be a vague understanding that they can file workers' compensation claims. However, there are various aspects to workers' compensation that they might not be completely familiar with. For example, temporary disability benefits (TD) are available if the worker meets the necessary requirements. TD can be paid if the person has lost wages because the doctor providing treatment says that the worker cannot do his or her job for more than three days or is hospitalized overnight and the employer does not provide a different kind of work that pays the same wages during recovery.

How can OSHA help injured American workers? Part 1

For much of history of the United States, employees and workers have been vulnerable to injuries and illnesses while at work. During the industrial era, equipment and supplies became larger, heavier and stronger, leading construction workers into even more dire situations. Even into the 1900s American workers were still left largely unprotected against many of the hazards in the workplace.

Who can answer your workers' compensation questions?

As an employee in California, you are likely aware of the insurance coverage your employer is expected to arrange for the company's workers. However, has anybody at your place of employment explained how workers' compensation benefits work? If you were involved in a workplace accident, would you know the procedures for filing benefits claims, which injuries will be covered and when will you receive compensation?

Can I Get Workers' Comp If I Had A Pre-Existing Condition?

Workers' comp seems fairly simple: You are injured on the job and you receive benefits for medical care. But what if you aggravate an old injury at work rather than get a new injury? Can you still receive workers' comp in cases where you have a pre-existing injury?

18 LA-based Garment Companies Fined $682,000

The California Labor Commissioners Office has fined $682,000 to 18 garment companies in Los Angeles for violated labor laws. This is not the first go-round for Los Angeles-based businesses - along with garment workers, other locally exploited professions include those who work in or at car washes, restaurants, construction sites and landscaping.

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