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Worker Retraining: How it Might Impact You After an Injury

30 May

Worker retraining programs are vital for a healthy workforce, helping workers maintain the skills they still need while learning new ones to replace the old methods that no longer have a place in the new economy‘s growth industries.

In this difficult economy, it should be no surprise that some skills should fall into obsolescence while others gain new relevance. In other cases, job training is necessary after a serious on-the-job injury.

How do you Know if you Qualify

To qualify for worker retraining due to an injury, you need to be able to causally prove with medical evidence that your injury was related to your work. If a doctor assesses you as having a disability due to a work injury, you will receive workers’ compensation benefits and potentially a workers’ compensation settlement that may include retraining benefits.

Workers need to be careful that they follow all rules and obligations regarding worker retraining eligibility. They also have to be diligent in their job search efforts. Your employer’s workers’ compensation would likely love to stop paying you due to not complying with the rules. Worker retraining may also be known as vocational rehabilitation.

As part of the assessment process, an injured worker may meet with a vocational counselor to undergo testing on their condition and what occupations they may be able to physically to do, they may be well-suited to, or that interest them.

Back to School?

As an injured worker, you may have a choice of retraining programs. As a worker who needs to maintain and update skills in a changing job environment, it is important to understand the retraining programs at the community colleges, adult learning facilities and employment centers in your area to ensure you don’t miss a potentially great opportunity to learn new skills.

Coping With an Injury

Injured workers may have rights to other benefits. They may want to apply for SSDI benefits, they may want to inquire with local disability services for those that need help, research other means of assistance online, and they should also check with their employer at the time of the injury to see if any programs are offered to help them get a job.

Consulting with a workers’ compensation attorney can also be very prudent in assessing an injured workers’ rights under the law and seeking any unpaid compensation or benefits cut prematurely.

Lastly, don’t think of worker retraining as a setback, think of it as a new opportunity. There may be continuing education classes not full degree programs. These programs require a smaller time commitment for a potentially rewarding career.

The team at WorkersCompensationSettlements.com provided this article. At their site, you can learn more about the rights of injured workers and workers’ compensation settlements.

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