Your treating doctor may determine that you will never be able to return to the same job that you had before you were injured. The doctor will report this in writing to CCCSIG.
CCCSIG will send you a letter stating that you may be eligible for supplemental job displacement benefits or stating whether your employer is able to offer you alternate employment. If you are offered employment, CCCSIG must also send you an “Offer of Permanent Modified or Alternative Work” on form RU-94, a State pamphlet called “Help in Returning to Work” and a copy of the doctor’s report described above, with instructions on what to do if you disagree with the report.
If your employer offers you work for a date of injury after January 1, 2005, CCCSIG’s notification letter says that your employer is offering you work. The job must meet the work restrictions in the doctor’s report.
A Permanent Modified Job
This is your previous job with changes that meet the doctor’s work restrictions (e.g. changing certain tasks, changing workstation, providing helpful equipment). It must last at least 12 months and pay the same wages and benefits as your old job. You may have only 30 days to accept the offer. If you don’t respond within 30 days, the district could withdraw the offer. (You have more time if the district agrees.) CCCSIG is not required to give you vocational rehabilitation benefits. This is true whether or not you accept the offer.
This is work that is different from your previous job. It must last at least 12 months, and it must pay at least 85% of the wages and benefits that you were paid at the time of injury. Also, it must be within a reasonable commuting distance of where you lived at the time of the injury.
If your employer doesn’t offer you work for an injury after January 1, 2005, CCCSIG’s notification letter says that your employer is not able to offer you work. The letter must say whether CCCSIG is offering vocational rehabilitation benefits instead. Any remaining Permanent Disability benefits will increase by 15%. If you are offered these benefits, you may have only 90 days to reply in writing that you want them, want an evaluation, or want a delay. If you don’t reply within 90 days, you could lose your right to receive vocational rehabilitation benefits.