Using Your Workers Compensation
“Supplemental Job Displacement Voucher” –
Workers Compensation benefits for employees who have been injured on the job, include medical treatment, Temporary Disability, Permanent Disability and something called a “Supplemental Job Displacement Voucher”.
This “voucher” can be used to pay for the injured employees’ retraining, tuition, schooling and certification. Those eligible for these vouchers in California may also be eligible for an additional $5,000 payment from the Return to Work Fund.
Using a Workers Compensation Retraining Voucher for GED
The California Workers’ Compensation Voucher program allows workers to use their retraining voucher to obtain their “General Education Diploma” or GED.
Obtaining your GED does not just lead to more and better job opportunities. Statistics show that those with a High School education also have access to better health care, a longer lifespan, greater economic stability, better job satisfaction, more time for participation in sports, leisure & artistic activities, and greater self-confidence! More than 19 million people have passed the GED test.
If you want to pursue education beyond your GED, technical colleges as will four-year colleges and universities will accept a GED certificate for admission.
Use a Workers Comp Retraining Voucher for Vocational Training
Today’s employers want people to hold a diploma – or at least a certification – of some kind.
Electricians, plumbers, mechanics are all in as high demand as ever – and require only vocational training and do not require a four year degree. And new “high tech jobs” can also be obtained through vocational training that may only require one to two year (or less) of training, including: Network Systems Administrator, Computer Hardware Repair, and Certified IT Professionals.
College Consultants for Workers Comp Retraining Vouchers
The many schools and programs available to injured employees can be overwhelming to sort through, especially for individuals who need to make a fast decision so they can get trained and back to work. Additionally, there are also many unscrupulous “for-profit” schools and programs that pressure workers to select choices that are inappropriate for them.
However, a trained college consultant can play an important role in helping the injured workers elect the right educational opportunity on which use their Workers Compensation Retraining Voucher.
College consultants (referred to as ICAs) have countless resources and extensive knowledge about the training and educational opportunities available for workers seeking to use their Workers Compensation Retraining Voucher. A good ICA can offer vocational assistance, time-saving advice, and much needed guidance.
College consultants with a workers’ compensation background will be able to help the injured worker find both educational and vocational options that are appropriate for the injured worker’s individual abilities, interests, background and personal goals.
Los Angeles Area Workers Compensation Attorneys
If you have been injured at work and have any questions – including questions about obtaining your Workers Compensation Supplemental Job Displacement Voucher – please call our attorneys. Our experienced Los Angeles area workers compensation attorneys can help you understand your benefits and get the maximum compensation for which you qualify.