When many people think about a workers compensation lawsuit or settlement,
they only consider monetary damages for the injury. But when you are injured
on the job, you may be able to ask for retraining to help you continue
to lead a productive life in another field.
According to the
U.S. Department of Labor, some federal employees who are injured on the job are eligible for vocational
rehabilitation, or job training, to help mitigate the loss of income caused
by the injury. After working for most of their adult lives at Bakken or
other oil fields, many people cannot imagine working in any other profession.
But if a
workers comp injury leaves you unable to do the work you have always done, what would
you do? Monetary compensation might take care of your physical needs and
make sure the bills are paid, but most hard-working people cannot imagine
While not all workers compensation settlements include a provision for
vocational rehabilitation, it is definitely worth talking to an attorney
about. When an injury takes away the only livelihood you've known,
it only makes sense that those responsible for your injuries should help
you find a new career option.
contact us about your workers compensation injury, we can talk about all the different
options available to you. At a minimum, you'll need medical benefits
and wage replacement for the time that you are off work, but we can also
help you figure out what comes next. With vocational rehabilitation, it
doesn't have to be forced retirement.