What You Need to Know About Workers’ Comp Vocational Benefits

In many cases, a workplace injury or illness can cause physical, psychological, and financial hardship. Workers’ comp benefits often include financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and vocational rehabilitation. Dealing with the pain and frustration of an injury is difficult enough without the added stress of worrying that you may not be able to return to work and support yourself and your family.

The dedicated and compassionate workers’ compensation attorneys at RGMR are here to fight for your rights and help you get the vocational rehabilitation and other benefits you need to weather your storm and get back on your feet after an injury.

The Impact of Vocational Rehabilitation

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In some cases, an on-the-job injury may obstruct your ability to return to work or find appropriate employment elsewhere. Vocational rehabilitation is designed to assist the injured party as they pursue satisfactory work. If you’ve developed a permanent partial disability due to your workplace injury, vocational rehabilitation may be covered under your former employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.

Vocational rehabilitation services can help you find and maintain meaningful work after an injury so that you can regain control over your professional and financial life.

Workers’ Comp and Vocational Rehabilitation

In Oregon, almost all employers are legally required to carry workers’ comp insurance. If you need vocational rehabilitation services in order to find and secure new employment, workers’ compensation benefits can help cover these costs, in addition to paying for your lost wages and medical expenses.

For many, one of the most difficult aspects of a workplace injury or illness is the concern that returning to work may be very difficult, or even impossible. Return-to-work programs and vocational services can help you get back on track, even if you’re unable to perform the tasks associated with your previous line of work.

In order to access these essential benefits as an injured worker, you need to file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer.

Key Benefits of Vocational Rehabilitation

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The ideal approach to rehabilitation depends on your specific needs, work history, current education and training, and the details of your injury or illness. Vocational rehabilitation is not a one-size-fits-all solution; rather, it refers to a collection of beneficial services, which may include:

  • Job-search assistance
  • Skills training
  • Job placement
  • Assessment of transferable skills
  • Work history review
  • Career planning
  • Vocational counseling

Eligibility and Application Process

Employees in Oregon are eligible for vocational rehabilitation if they are:

  1. Unable to return to previous employment or other available suitable employment, AND
  2. Have a substantial handicap to employment

In order to receive vocational rehabilitation services as part of your workers’ comp benefits, you may be required to undergo an official evaluation to determine your eligibility.

Your long-term financial and professional stability shouldn’t suffer because of a workplace injury. Working with an experienced workers’ comp attorney will significantly increase your chances of getting the vocational rehabilitation services you need. At RGMR, we’ll help you with the entire process from start to finish.

Advocating for Your Rights

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Workers’ compensation law in Oregon is designed to protect the rights and interests of injured employees in every industry and line of work. But that doesn’t mean the system is always effective, efficient, or fair. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to advocate for yourself and your interests to ensure you get the benefits you deserve.

Despite the legal requirement, your employer may not have workers’ comp insurance. In other cases, your claim may be unfairly denied. Issues like pre-existing health conditions or making mistakes during the claims process can also complicate the situation.

But while these can be roadblocks, they shouldn’t deter you. If you’re being treated unfairly, you need reliable legal counsel and representation from a proven Oregon workers’ comp attorney.

Ready To Reclaim Your Career? Contact RGMR Today!

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Suffering from a workplace injury or occupational illness is a significant hardship. You shouldn’t have to worry about lost wages, paying for medical bills, or whether you can successfully return to work on top of everything. Whether or not you’re able to get back to your previous line of work, you have a right to vocational services to help you find and secure suitable employment after a workplace injury.

Don’t suffer in silence. Fight for what’s right. At RGMR, we have over 70 years of combined experience representing injured workers and helping them get the benefits they’re legally and justly entitled to receive.

Contact us today to learn more and ask any questions you may have. Your first consultation is free and we don’t accept any payment unless we win your case.

Adian Martin

Adian Martin (JD) is an accomplished attorney with over 25 years of experience. His goal is to use his legal expertise and passion for problem-solving to help people get the benefits and proper compensation they deserve after an injury. He received his law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College and is currently a partner at Ransom Gilbertson Martin & Ratliff. In his spare time, Adian enjoys exploring the outdoors with his dog and bicycling.

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