Supplemental Job Displacement Voucher
Supplemental Job Displacement Voucher (“SJDB”)
You may qualify for a Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit, a voucher, in the amount of $6,000. This applies for a work injury dated on or after Jan. 1, 2013.
Supplemental Job Displacement Voucher
What is the Supplemental Job Displacement Voucher? Imagine a construction worker who performed their daily repetitive heavy work, routinely, day and night, for several years. Unfortunately, due to a serious work injury that construction worker is now unable to lift, push, carry as he/she once did.
The injured worker is no longer able to do the work, unless the employer is willing to accommodate his/her work restrictions. This can be a life changing event for the injured worker. In fact, some injured workers have such serious limitations such as the ability to lift, carry, walk and even their overall personal mobility, may be seriously affected and compromised. Unfortunately, this is something very common. The fact is, this is the sad reality of many injured workers.
After sustaining a serious work injury, they are left unable to return to their usual occupation. It’s fair to say that their whole life may be affected. Also, their activity of daily living will likely be impaired and highly limited as well. For example, someone who worked in construction for several years after sustaining a serious work injury may not be able to work regular duties.
This is something that may affect not just construction workers, but truck drivers, restaurant workers, warehouse workers, hospital workers, farm workers, street workers, office workers, and all other industries. For example, restaurant workers after sustaining a serious work injury would not be able to continue lifting heavy food trays. Another example would be people who work in an office could have carpal tunnel due to ongoing typing, sitting for long periods of time may lead to serious work injury involving one’s back and wrists.
The same goes for truck drivers or delivery drivers, who after sustaining a work injury may no longer be able to sit for long periods of time and drive long distances. Warehouse workers after a work injury may experience a serious decrease in their lifting ability as well. Their overall ability to perform their usual and customary job duties can also be compromised after a work injury. Nurses are at greater risk too as many of them, after a work injury, are unable to lift, carry, move, or help their patients in the same way they once did.
As you can see, a work injury can be a debilitating event in the injured worker’s life. The effects thereof may extend well beyond the injured worker life and spill over their personal lives. Especially if the injured worker has serious difficulties in performing activities of daily living like sitting for long periods of time, walking long distances, carrying heavy objects, bending, stooping, kneeling and bending down. Sometimes injured workers are even unable to attend social gatherings or public events because their ongoing pain is way too much for them to bear on any given day or moment. Don’t You think these people deserve SJDB Voucher ?
What is the Supplemental Job Displacement Voucher Benefits ?
As an injured worker, if you are permanently unable to do your usual job and if your employer does not offer you other work, you may qualify for a Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit, a voucher, in the amount of $6,000. The aim of this benefit is to provide educational retraining or skills enhancement for injured employees whose employers are unable to provide work following an industrial injury.
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