Injured workers in the Alaska workers’ compensation system who are unable to return to the job they were doing before their injury might be eligible to participate in a retraining program that provides them with the skills necessary to return to work at a wage level equal to at least 60% of their wages at the time of injury. Eligibility is determined based in part on the following criteria:
- A medical provider predicts that you will be unable to return to the job you had at the time of the injury or to any job you performed ten years prior to your injury. This is usually because of a permanent disability.
- Your employer does not have an alternative position for you.
Benefits You Might Qualify for Under the Alaska Worker Retraining Program
Reemployment benefits include costs for an evaluation of your abilities as well as tuition, study materials, a computer, and other items that might be necessary for training.
Employees can waive their right to retraining and opt to receive a lump-sum dislocation benefit instead. The amount of the dislocation benefit is determined by the Permanent Partial Impairment (PPI) rating.
Why You Should Call a Lawyer About Your Workers’ Compensation Reemployment Benefits
There are strict timelines when it comes to filing the paperwork for workers’ compensation Reemployment Benefits, and having an experienced attorney on your side can ensure you don’t miss deadlines and can move forward most effectively.
At the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, we have helped many injured workers through the complex workers’ compensation process. Don’t risk being short-changed on benefits or missing out on Reemployment Benefits that can help you move on to the next stage of your life. Ben is a knowledgeable, effective advocate for injured workers, and he can help you figure out the best way to proceed. Call his Anchorage office today or fill out the contact form on this page to get in touch directly with Ben.