My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: NJ
After a year and a half of agony, I was recently allowed surgery. I still have quite a long way to go in terms of rehabilitation and am still out of work. But things are looking up!
This leaves me with a question that I know has been touched upon in other places... Say I get to the point where my doctor thinks I'm ok to return to work. Before I was hurt, I was full-time management staff in a store, and did grunt work. What are my rights?
Is it true that as long as my employer offers *something* that I am not eligible for unemployment if I decline?
Since so much time has passed, I am sure my old position is no longer available. If my employer offers me a comparable position in different location, am I obligated to take it?
What if my employer offers me a lesser paying position, or part-time hours?
Does it make anyone else uneasy to think of going back to work for an employer that is directly responsible for their injury? ...I would much prefer to go to a vocational school and get training to work somewhere (anywhere) else when the time comes. Does anyone do that?
...Thanks in advance.