Good news for injured workers

The California Department of Industrial Relations will begin accepting applications on April 13 in selected cases that qualify where injured workers can receive a share of a new $120 million Return-To-Work Supplement fund.

In selected cases injured workers will receive a $5,000 check from the employer-funded program.

The injured worker must have already received a $6,000 supplemental job displacement benefit voucher. Then, they must complete the on-line electronic application.

“Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, April 13, 2015. All completed and timely filed applications will be reviewed and eligibility determination made within 60 days from receipt of application,” DIR spokesman Peter Melton tells Workers’ Comp Executive. “The payment will be made within 25 days of the eligibility determination.”

If a worker is unable to return to work due to a work injury and there is no modified work available I seek this benefit for my clients.