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What support will you need upon your return to work?

On Behalf of | Aug 5, 2022 | Work Injuries

Work injuries have the potential to lead to serious complications in your life. If your injury is severe, you may not be able to work and earn an income while you recover, and your medical bills may continue to accumulate during this time. Through your workers’ compensation claim, you may be able to secure coverage of your medical bills, as well as a recovery of a portion of your lost wages.  

This support is critical, but it may not be all that you need. You may find yourself in need of other types of support as you prepare to return to work. Thankfully, workers’ compensation insurance covers rehabilitation benefits, which are available to those who need additional support and help as they transition back to their Minnesota workplaces. It may be helpful for you to learn more about whether you qualify for these benefits.  

Rehabilitation benefits available to you 

Workers’ comp claimants could be eligible for vocational rehabilitation benefits, which is support available to those who are returning to their job or a new job after a workplace injury. This is not always an easy transition, and the types of help you may need to effectively navigate this process depend on the nature of your injury, your recovery, the job you had before the accident and more. The types of vocational rehabilitation benefits that could be available to you include: 

  • Assistance with interview preparation and techniques 
  • Resume assistance and job application services 
  • Wage assessment evaluations 
  • Job analysis and labor market surveys 
  • On-the-job training 
  • Ergonomic assessment 
  • Education and tuition payments if retaining is necessary 
  • ADA accommodation assistance 
  • Medical case management 

An assessment of your case and your specific needs will help you understand if you have a rightful claim to rehabilitation benefits. You have a right to fight for the full amount of recovery you need and deserve after a workplace accident, including any vocational rehabilitation benefits that may be necessary. 

Fighting for a full and fair recovery 

You do not have to navigate the workers’ compensation claims process alone. You may benefit from an understanding of your rights and what you can do to ensure you get the full amount of support you need for a full and fair recovery. With vocational rehabilitation benefits and other types of support, you can get better and move forward after your workplace accident.