Due to the increased costs associated with workers’ compensation benefits, it can be difficult for people with disabilities to find employment. This dilemma led to the creation of the Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund, or SIBTF. It is meant to be paid in addition to a worker’s compensation claim. To find out whether or not you qualify for assistance through the SIBTF, contact a Los Angeles Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund lawyer to review your options.
The attorneys at the Mitchell Law Corporation are passionate about recovering the benefits their clients deserve. They have over 20 years of experience with a wide variety of employment law issues, including SIBTF claims, disability benefits, and personal injury claims. Contact Mitchell Law Corporation for a consultation in either English or Spanish to learn about how they can help you receive appropriate compensation.
Funds from the Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund or SIBTF are meant to supplement traditional payments from worker’s comp. These claims are managed by the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) on behalf of the California Attorney General’s office. In order to receive payments from the SIBTF, a person must have had a pre-existing disability before their injury, but they don’t necessarily have to have known about it at the time.
Although you are not required to hire an attorney to file an SIBTF claim, it can be incredibly helpful to do so. A workplace injury attorney can help you with many different aspects of your claim, including:
Benefit eligibility depends on three things:
Eligibility criteria for an SIBTF claim can be extremely complicated. This is why it is so beneficial to contact an attorney to review whether or not your injury qualifies for SIBTF payments.
SIBTF benefits are typically not payable to undocumented workers. This does not mean that other forms of benefits like workers’ compensation are not options. Undocumented workers dealing with workplace injuries should still contact an attorney to determine what types of financial assistance they are eligible for and how it might affect their legal status.
Once your claim is filed with the Division of Workers’ Compensation, they have up to 30 days to review your claim and reach a decision. If your claim is approved, you can receive the funds in one of two ways:
In some instances, the amount of money awarded can be affected by other payments an individual already receives, like SSDI or other claims filed. If your case was not approved, you can ask for an appeal. This appeal might result in your case going to trial.
There are a wide variety of injuries that may qualify someone for an SIBTF claim, depending on their unique disability. This list is not exhaustive but features the most common injuries that happen on the job:
Different claims in Los Angeles, CA have different time limits for filing. Workers’ compensation claims typically have a statute of limitations of one year after the incident occurred. This means that the claim process must start almost immediately after the injury to prevent missing out on benefits.
SIBTF claims do not have an official statute of limitations, but this does not mean that there are no restrictions on when you can file your claim. Most SIBTF claims must be filed within a reasonable amount of time after the injury occurred or shortly after the individual filing the claim was informed of the potential benefits they could receive. To determine your status and whether or not you should file an SIBTF claim, contact an attorney as soon as possible.
A: After filing an application for the Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund (SIBTF), the application is sent to the Division of Workers’ Compensation for review. It has up to 30 days to either approve or deny your request and send a formal answer to your claim. If they approve your claim, a hearing is scheduled to determine how much your settlement amount will be. This can either result in mediation or a trial.
A: The Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund, or SIBTF, was created to assist workers with existing disabilities who are injured in their workplace. The fund was intended to encourage companies to hire disabled workers without needing to provide them with additional compensation. If a worker qualifies for SIBTF funding, they would submit an application and receive a decision from the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.
A: The amount of money an individual receives from SIBTF depends on their disability status and how much is covered by their employer. The individual amount varies from person to person. To get a clearer picture of how much you might receive from SIBTF, contact a worker’s compensation attorney with experience in the Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund.
A: To qualify for SIBTF payments, an individual must have a documented disability that was present before the workplace injury occurred. The severity of the disability is calculated using percentage points. If the combined percentage of the pre-existing disability and the recent injury is 35% or more, they qualify for SIBTF payments. This also applies to individuals who have 5% or more disability on one side of their body than the other.
We understand how difficult it can be to recover from injuries that aggravate a pre-existing disability. That’s why the attorneys at the Mitchell Law Corporation are ready to help you maximize your potential benefits from workers’ compensation and SIBTF claims. Schedule a consultation today to review your options and see how you might benefit from an SIBTF claim.