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Workers Comp And Vocational Rehabilitation: Get Answers To The Questions You Have

by Lewis Hamilton

If you were injured on the job, vocational rehabilitation is something that your doctor may state that they feel you need or are entitled to. But most people have never heard of this term and do not understand what it is. Here are a few of the questions you may have about vocational rehabilitation and workers compensation. 

What is Vocational Rehabilitation? 

Vocational rehabilitation is designed to teach you new job skills that you can use to obtain a job in a new field that fits within your job restrictions. After you are injured on the job, you may be unable to go back to the same line of work. For example, if you were in the construction field and now cannot lift more than 10 pounds or bend, you may no longer be able to work in the construction field, as you need to lift and bend a lot in construction work. Vocational rehabilitation can teach you knew job skills so you can obtain a desk job that is able to accommodate those restrictions. 

Can You Train to Be Anything You Want With Vocational Rehabilitation?

There are many restrictions in place in regards to the training you can receive. While the laws vary from state to state, most states have strict laws in regards to the length of the training program you can participate in. Most want you to get back to work quickly, so you cannot expect to go to a four year college. Instead, these programs often cover short year or 18 month training programs. The training you select must also be for a job that meets your new medical restrictions. 

What Should You Do If You Are Denied Vocational Rehabilitation? 

If your doctor is stating that you may need vocational rehabilitation and/or that you cannot return to your current line of work, the insurance company will need to either let you know you qualify for the program or are denied from it. If you are denied, you only have a certain length of time to appeal the denial. An attorney can help you determine why you were denied and whether you are entitled to vocational rehabilitation services and benefits. 

It can be challenging to navigate the workers compensation system and workers comp litigation on your own. If you have sustained a work place injury and you are unsure if you are getting the benefits you are entitled to, a workers comp attorney can help you. Consult with a law firm, such as Walz Law Office, today to find out how they can help you with your claim.