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How workers’ compensation can help with vocational rehabilitation

On Behalf of | May 30, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

One important aspect of workers’ compensation is vocational rehabilitation. This service helps injured workers return to the workforce, either in their previous job or a new one that suits their abilities.

It includes services such as job training, career counseling and job placement assistance. The goal is to help workers regain their independence and get employment that fits their physical and mental capabilities after an injury.

How vocational rehabilitation works

When a worker in Minnesota gets injured, they may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation through workers’ compensation. The process begins with an assessment by a qualified rehabilitation consultant. This professional evaluates the worker’s injury, skills and job prospects. Based on this assessment, the consultant develops a personalized rehabilitation plan.

Services offered in vocational rehabilitation

Vocational rehabilitation offers a range of services tailored to meet the needs of injured workers. One is job placement assistance. Meanwhile, career counseling provides guidance on career choices and training options. Skill assessments identify the worker’s current skills and abilities.

Job training has programs for workers to learn new skills or enhance existing ones. Workplace modifications help make adjustments to the work environment to accommodate the worker’s abilities.

Benefits of vocational rehabilitation

For the worker, vocational rehabilitation provides a path to regain employment and financial stability. It helps workers rebuild confidence and productivity. For employers, it reduces the costs associated with long-term disability and helps maintain a skilled workforce.

Eligibility for vocational rehabilitation

Not all injured workers require vocational rehabilitation. Those who do must meet specific criteria. The extent of the injury and the worker’s ability to return to their previous job help determine eligibility.

Workers’ compensation in Minnesota offers comprehensive services to get people back to work. Overcoming challenges and setbacks with determination can lead to a more successful return to work.