Vocational rehabilitation is crucial for returning to the workforce if you can’t perform your original job due to injury. When you suffer an injury on the job, you expect to be out of work for some time but to eventually return to your position and work duties. This is not always the case. There are many instances when the injuries suffered are debilitating enough to limit your ability to perform the tasks your position requires. That’s when vocational rehabilitation comes into play.
Vocational rehabilitation provides employment options and retraining for injured workers. There are several employment options available depending on the severity of your injuries and how they affect your ability to perform job duties. These include:
- Returning to work in the same position at the same company
- Returning to work in a new position at the same company
- Working with a new employer in a new position
Determining Vocational Rehabilitation
The need for vocational rehabilitation is typically determined as a part of the evaluation after you apply for worker’s compensation benefits. A qualified rehabilitation consultant or QRC will evaluate your mental state, personality, physical ability, skills, and all other factors that can help determine your future employment. After the QRC collects the necessary information, he or she can then tailor a plan that meets your mental and physical needs as well as your ability to work.
Vocational rehabilitation includes:
- Job Matching and Placement: Finding the most appropriate and accommodating position
- Vocational Counseling: Consulting about the overarching plan for employment
- New Technology: Determining how to use technology to best assist the injured worker
- Retraining: Selecting the most appropriate field of work and preparing for it
Having adequate training and placement in place is essential after suffering a work-related injury; it can be the difference between being employed and productive or unemployed and inundated with unaffordable bills.
Allow a Milwaukee worker’s compensation attorney with Gillick, Wicht, Gillick & Graf to be your legal ally. We can use our extensive knowledge to inspect worker’s compensation cases to ensure that all is in place to accommodate you during this troubling time. We have 65 years of experience and will use it to protect your best interests every step of the way. Contact us today at 414-257-2667 for a free case evaluation.
You have a claim if you suffered a loss because of a job-related injury. This means that to get worker’s compensation, you have to show three things: