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Taking time off work to heal from an injury may leave even the thriftiest person pressed for cash. Returning to work may come as a welcome relief to spending hours in rehab.

What happens, then, when after working a few days, the pain reaches a critical point? Bay Area workers may need to face the fact that their injury prevents them from performing the job as they once did. Learn how a person may qualify for a change in duties or financial help when an injury makes it too difficult to work in the same capacity.

Alternative duties

Upon return to work, an employee may find the company has a new position waiting. It may involve the same type of work. However, the worker’s disability apportionment disallows the same kind of work. When this happens, the employer may find an alternative position that better suits the employee’s new condition. Workplace accommodations are common, especially in workers’ compensation cases.

Alternative industry

The physical requirements of some professions do not allow for an easy return to work. Physically demanding industries such as construction may no longer fit with an employee’s new condition. During the workers’ compensation process, the injured worker may request a vocational rehabilitation voucher. These supplemental job displacement benefits help an injured party attend classes and training to gain skills for reemployment in alternative positions and industries better suiting his or her physical limitations.

Permanent disability

A work incident may cause too much bodily damage, making it impossible for the employee to return to any kind of work. The doctor may determine that the worker has a permanent disability. In this instance, the workers’ compensation insurance company typically pays the injured party much like an income. The amount of this payment varies based on previous earnings.

The thought of not making money scares many people. It may help to ask for help from an attorney well-versed in workers’ compensation proceedings.