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For dates of injury after January 1st, 2013, the Job Displacement Benefit (JBD) program allows distributuion of educational vouchers in the amount of $6,000. In addition, you are entitled to an additional $5,000 from the state of California for training purposes. We have vocational rehabilitation counselors that can help you obtain those benefits for a small charge.

For dates of injury before January 1, 2013, the Job Displacement Benefit (JBD) program allows distribution of education vouchers up to $4,000.00 for disabilities less than 15%, up to $6,000.00 for disabilities between 26-49%, and up to $10,000.00 for disabilities between 50-99%. Under this system, injured workers may be eligible for a JBD if they do not return to work within 60 days of the termination of temporary disability. Benefits include nontransferable vouchers for "education-related retraining, or skill enhancement, or both, at state approved accredited schools".

For injuries occuring before january 1st 2013, if your employer has 50 or more employees and does not offer modified work within 60 days of you becoming permanent and stationary, or you have reached maximal medical improvement, your permanent disability rate can be increased by 15%.

For injuries occuring before january 1st 2013, if your employer offers you modified work, your permanent disability amount decreases by 15%, regardless of whether you accept or reject it. The job must last for at least 12 months, be within 85% of your wages and be within a reasonable commuting distance.

After January 1st 2013 there will no longer be increases or decreases based on offers of modified work.

Call the Law Offices of Rene H. Pimentel at (951)788-2250 for a FREE consultation

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