If your injury or condition prevents you from doing your regular job, you may require vocational rehabilitation to train you for a new career. To understand what vocational rehabilitation is, look at it as a form of workers compensation benefit, a service that will be provided to the injured individual who is unable to go back to work as a result of an injury which he or she suffered at work. It is a special job training, as well as retraining in some cases, which enables these injured individuals to return to work. This is fully paid and provided by the worker compensation program. If you want to learn more about what vocational rehabilitation is, contact a local workers compensation attorney and schedule your free initial consultation.
Who is a candidate to receive vocational training?
Every injured individual who received an injury at work, and is prevented to return to the same working position as a result of that injury, is a valid candidate to receive vocational rehabilitation. If this happened to you, you can discuss it with your attorney or your insurance claim representative. If your attorney or your insurance claim representative agrees that you need retraining or rehabilitation, you will be assigned to a vocational rehabilitation counselor where you will be able to learn and receive training to help you start a new career. Having an approval from the insurer or Commission is a must, otherwise you cannot receive training. In case you were denied a vocational training yet you believe that you cannot perform your regular work duties, your attorney can file an appeal and schedule an appointment before the Commissioner who will then decide if you really require vocational training or not.
Vocational rehabilitation: step by step
Every process has certain steps which have to be taken to ensure its success. In this case, if you want to receive vocational training, there are a few steps which you have to take:
Keep in mind that if you don’t like the plan created by the counselor, you can always ask for a new career. But it is important to be realistic, and know your own possibilities before disagreeing with the counselor’s plan and goals tailored for you. It is highly advised that you have an attorney present to help you understand these plans, as well as help you make the right decision.