Some workers find that they are injured on the job in ways that prohibit them from returning to the job duties they had been able to perform. In some cases, this is because they have become permanently disabled. For others, they could continue to work in a different field, but lack the job skills to do so. Vocational rehabilitation could help these employees get on their feet.
How Vocational Rehabilitation Can Help Employees Return to Work
Vocational rehabilitation can provide injured workers with training to make a career change and is a covered benefit an employer must pay under New Jersey’s workers’ compensation. The New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services is one place employees may receive these services. Usually workers are assigned to a vocational rehabilitation specialist who can assist them through the process of becoming employed again. Some of the services that may be needed include:
- New on-the-job training
- Skills analysis and testing to help a worker decide on a new career
- Resume drafting and job application assistance
- Interview training and role-playing
- Job search help and training in how to search effectively
- Vocational counseling
- Ergonomic assessment
- Assistance obtaining Americans With Disabilities (ADA) accommodations for disabilities the worker may have
- Medical case management
- Financial payments for tuition and other educational expenses
If you were injured on the job and cannot return to your duties, I understand the fight you may be going through to obtain the vocational rehabilitation services you need from your employer. I have been helping people like you fight to get the workers’ comp benefits they deserved for over 20 years. Call me at 877-360-0183 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.