What is Vocational Rehabilitation?
After a workplace injury in Massachusetts, you may be entitled to receive vocational rehabilitation. Now, what is vocational rehabilitation? Vocational rehab is a service that will see if your particular skills are transferable to another job with similar skills. That way, you will still be able to work even if you are physically unable to return to your old job. For more information, please contact the Law Office of Jeffrey A. Young to schedule a free consultation and learn more about the process. In this article, our experienced Massachusetts workers’ comp attorney discusses the ins and outs of vocational rehabilitation.
What is Vocational Rehabilitation? | Process
I was speaking with a client the other day who was unable to go back to their job, which is one of the issues that we deal with a lot in workers’ comp in Massachusetts. The state has what they call “vocational rehabilitation services”. You can meet with them and they can discuss with you what you’re entitled to. Essentially, they look to see whether or not you can go to a similar type of job. If you can’t do that, they look to see if you have transferable skills that can help you get to a different field and earn the same amount of money.
What is Vocational Rehabilitation? | Other Options
If you can’t do that, the last category is retraining, where they’ll assign a vocational counselor. You’ll meet with them, develop a plan for retraining to get into a different field, and then they execute that plan. The insurance company should pay for that. The goal of those benefits is to get you back to earning what your average weekly wage was prior to your injury in another field. If you have any questions, speak to a Massachusetts workers’ comp attorney about those benefits.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured during work and have questions about vocational rehabilitation? Contact a Lowell workers compensation lawyer at The Law Office of Jeffrey A. Young today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.