Voucher (California)

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Voucher (California)

Postby lacompfun on Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:45 am

Background:

Applicant has a specific trauma and CT claim that become MMI on the same date.

Employer cannot meet the restrictions.

Question:

Does applicant one or two vouchers?
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Re: Voucher (California)

Postby Barney5 on Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:13 pm

Was the injured workers date of injury after 1/1/2013? If so the injured worker qualifies for two vouchers if they have permanent partial disability, in a total amount of $11,000.

Here is a link with info and how to obtain the vouchers.
https://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/sjdb/SJDB_FAQ.html
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Re: Voucher (California)

Postby vampireinthenight on Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:04 am

The letter of the law is one voucher per DOI. But I think you could make some overlap arguments, especially in your scenario if there are similar body parts, restrictions and MMI dates.
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Re: Voucher (California) (California)

Postby Barney5 on Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:48 am

It is my understanding for dates of injury after 1/1/2013 two benefits are available for those who have PD and cannot be accommodated by their employer in a total amount of $11,000. The first is provided by their claims adjuster, a voucher in the amount of $6,000. This is info on how to apply. https://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/sjdb/SJDB_FAQ.html
Once they receive this they can then apply for second RTWSP in the amount of $5,000. This second benefit is basically a check that can be used for anything. The injured worker can apply for this online or go to a kiosk at their district wcab. This is info on how to apply.
http://www.dir.ca.gov/rtwsp/rtwsp.html

It is unfortunate many injured workers are unaware of the RTWSP and miss out. I have not found anything that states the adjuster has to notify them of it. A much better system would be automatic payment to the injured worker.
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Re: Voucher (California)

Postby LawAdvocate on Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:55 am

Not always, as Vampire has correctly pointed out.
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Re: Voucher (California) (California) (California)

Postby Barney5 on Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:08 am

Can you provide a link to that info? Maybe the confusion I was calling RTWSP a voucher, as many do however that is not correct. I have not seen any issues with IW's receiving both of these benefits as long as they apply.
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Re: Voucher (California)

Postby vampireinthenight on Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:02 am

Barney, I think what the OP was asking is whether the IW can claim two vouchers at $6K (one per injury), plus the $5K.
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Re: Voucher (California)

Postby Barney5 on Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:54 pm

OK thank you. I misunderstood their question then.
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