When an employee is injured on the job and can no longer perform their duties, they have the right to receive rehabilitation. In most cases, an employer will offer the employee a job doing a different type of work that is within their physical limits and provides them the on-the-job training they need. If this is not an option, their Worker's Compensation insurance carrier will pay for the employee to learn a new trade or skill in another area that interests them.
What Is Vocation Rehabilitation?
Vocation rehabilitation is different than the physical rehabilitation that aids in the healing process. This type of rehabilitation teaches them new skills they can use to find a new job that allows them to return to work. Once the employee has completed their physical therapy and been given the green light to move forward, they can begin to look for a new job that is within the scope of their limitations.
Vocation rehabilitation offers many different types of opportunities. An employee can choose from several different options when it comes to how they want to receive their training. They can:
- Return to school
- Sign up for on-the-job training
- Job search assistance
- Ergonomics assessments to find out what type of skill they can perform comfortably
- Wage assessments
- Rehabilitation counseling
These opportunities are designed to provide the employee a way to remain a productive and active member of society.
If you have been injured while on the job, you have the right to this type of training. If you have any questions about what your rights and responsibilities are, call Gaylord and Nantais today! They can help you figure out what your options are and how you can get the compensation you deserve.
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