Is Vocation Rehabilitation in Oregon an Option for You?
If you’ve been severely injured as a result of your working conditions, there might come a time where you can no longer perform your current duties. Though your role may be something you’ve been training to do for several years, all hope is not lost. In fact, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation in Oregon through workers’ compensation.
Mark Thesing can help you take advantage of vocational rehabilitation opportunities by ensuring your workers’ compensation application is as polished as possible. Since 1995, I’ve helped Oregon employees build new lives for themselves following workplace injuries. Let me put my experience and skills to work for you in your time of need - reach out today to schedule a consultation.
What is Vocational Rehabilitation?
Some workplace injuries result in the loss of a skill or ability that renders an employee unable to continue working as they did before. An employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier provides vocational rehabilitation assistance to help injured workers return to suitable employment after suffering on-the-job injuries.
There are a few important things to know about vocational rehabilitation services. The first is that workers’ compensation covers tuition and time-loss while you’re learning skills. However, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to secure a new job to replace your old job.
The second important fact about vocational rehabilitation that you should know is that many workers choose cash settlements. While this is an option that works well for many people, there are several critical details you should be aware of before you accept a lump sum settlement. Mark Thesing can help you understand the terms of your settlement and keep you informed of your choices.
The Evaluation Process
When you seek to enter a vocational rehabilitation program through workers’ compensation, your employer’s insurer will hire a vocational counselor to perform an evaluation. This evaluation should tell you which jobs you are physically able or unable to do given your health conditions. After this initial evaluation, you may choose your own counselor for further training.
Contact my office today to start exploring your options for vocational rehabilitation through workers’ compensation. Legal services are available for residents of Oregon and nearby areas.