Workers who suffered debilitating workplace injuries might not be aware of their rights to vocational rehabilitation. As part of the workers' compensation benefits program, California workers who are unable to return to their regular jobs can request vocational rehabilitation anytime within 15 years after the injury date. The costs will be for the account of the employer's workers' compensation insurance provider.
Based on regulatory and statutory regulations, workers will be entitled to practical training to master new skills that will enable them to return to jobs that will accommodate their work-related disabilities. The program might offer assistance with finding new employment by helping with the drafting of a resume, job hunting and making applications. Participants in the program might also learn skills and techniques to help them when they go for job interviews.
The service could include analyses of available jobs, assessment and evaluation of wages. Also, an ergonomic assessment of the new work environment and the level of accommodation offered under the Americans with Disabilities Act might form part of the benefits. Throughout this process, the worker will receive vocational rehabilitation counseling along with the management of his or her medical case.
Victims of catastrophic on-the-job injuries such as amputations will no doubt be concerned about their inability to earn an income and care for their families. A consultation with an experienced California workers' compensation attorney might provide a light at the end of the tunnel. A lawyer can not only assess the circumstances and explain the workers' compensation benefits to which the injured worker is entitled but also assist with the challenges of navigating the claims process in pursuit of maximum benefits under applicable rules and regulations.