After a serious work injury, you may have to adapt to a different type of job. Some people take on light-duty work or office work. Some transition to management or other roles.
Schwartz Law Firm LLC will help you determine what job you may be capable of and willing to perform when you are ready to return to work. We will help you navigate vocational rehabilitation benefits under your workers’ compensation claim.
What Is Vocational Rehabilitation?
Vocational rehabilitation isn’t necessarily physical rehabilitation. You will likely have already undergone that as part of your medical treatment. Vocational rehabilitation is job training that will help you transition into a different role with your employer.
You may have to go through an extensive training program or enroll in courses at a vocational school or college. Such training can be expensive, so it is important that you take advantage of the opportunities this benefit can provide if you want to continue your career with your employer.
Once you have completed or are nearing the end of your prescribed medical treatment from a workers’ compensation doctor, you will be able to begin vocational rehabilitation for the job that you and your doctor have agreed you can handle. It is important that you accept your employer’s offer for this job training program or you may forfeit lost wage and medical expense benefits.
As part of workers’ compensation, your lost wage benefit will cover some of the difference between your prior pay and the pay of your new job, if it is a lower wage job. If your work must be restricted due to your disability rating from your doctor, our attorneys can help you communicate those work restrictions to your employer and ensure that you are not placed in a position that will hinder or prolong your recovery.
Our workers’ compensation lawyers have over 25 years of combined experience representing injured workers throughout the state.
Please call us at 504-837-2263 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We are available 24/7 by phone and email, and we look forward to helping you understand your full legal options and getting you back to work when you are ready.
Schwartz Law Firm was founded by Christopher Schwartz in 1997. After obtaining his MBA and law degrees, Christopher Schwartz served as a Workers Compensation claims adjuster. This experience gave him a view of the system from the inside and inspired him to begin his own practice. Christopher Schwartz has successfully represented many injured employees in Longshore claims, Jones Act claims, and Personal Injury claims. He is a tough negotiator, whose track record includes multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Chris has also authored a book titled “The Road to Justice”. In his book, Chris outlines how he and his colleagues fight for public safety and what role his clients can play in winning their own personal injury cases. Chris is a native of New Orleans and has practiced law in Louisiana for 14 years. As a result, he understands local laws and feels a special loyalty to local people. He takes every case personally. Chris is available to represent clients anywhere in Louisiana and Maritime clients anywhere in the Gulf South. But he is also qualified to represent Defense Base Act clients anywhere in the world outside the U.S. He also focuses on auto accidents, semi-trailer accidents, 18-wheeler accidents and slip & fall accidents.