What Is Workers' Compensation Vocational Rehabilitation?

When you receive Workers’ Compensation, vocational rehabilitation might be part of your benefits package. Learn more about what vocational rehab is and why it’s important as you maximize your Workers’ Compensation benefits.

What is Vocational Rehabilitation?

Because you suffered a serious injury or illness, you may need assistance returning to the workforce. Vocational rehab gives you the tools you need to return to independent, pre-injury employment status. You definitely do want to work, too, because it improves your self-esteem, reduces stress and allows you to provide financially for your family.

Are you Eligible for Vocational Rehab?

You can receive vocational rehab after your doctor clears you to return to light or regular duty.

Where will your Receive Vocational Rehab?

Your former employer may provide vocational rehab services that allow you to perform modified duties or move into a different position. If this move isn’t possible, a job counselor will perform vocational testing, help you update your resume, offer job training, prep you for interviews, and assist you in finding a new job.

What Happens During Vocational Rehab?

Your job counselor will evaluate your eligibility to return to work with your former employer. If you can’t return to the same job with modifications or work in a different department or position in your former company, your job counselor will attempt to leverage your transferable skills and find you a position with a different company. The next step includes training for a new job. You may be able to return to school and learn a new trade or develop other skills that help you land a job.

How Long Does Vocational Rehab Last?

Vocational rehab benefits usually last up to two years. You may need less time to find a job, but take all the time you need to find a job that fits your education, interests, talents, and skills.

What Salary will you Earn After Vocational Rehab?

Ideally, your salary will be close to what you made before your injury or illness unless you previously held a senior position and now choose an entry-level job in a new career path.

What if you don’t Agree with the Vocational Rehab Outcome?

You and your job counselor will work together to find you a job that uses your skills and that you want. If you can’t find a suitable job or feel pressured to take a job with inferior pay or benefits, you may file an appeal with your state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Your Workers’ Compensation benefits include vocational rehabilitation. Use this benefit to find a new job and return to gainful employment. If you have additional questions about the details of your Workers’ Compensation benefits, talk to your human resources manager.
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