There are times when an employee is injured on the job and is not able to return to their previous position due to the extent or type of injury. According to the Illinois’ Worker’s Compensation Act, these employees may be eligible to receive vocational training that is paid by their employer to help them pursue another type of position. Having an experienced Illinois Worker’s Compensation attorney on your side if you are injured at work can ensure that you receive the maximum amount of benefits and compensation for your injury, including vocational training, if applicable.
If you are an injured worker and believe that you are entitled to vocational training benefits, contact our office for a free review of your case. Our work comp lawyers can help you get the full benefits that you are entitled to under Illinois law.
What Vocational Training Under The IL Workers Compensation Act Includes
The Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission deems vocational training as one of the benefits that employees are entitled to when injured on the job. In cases where the injury prevents the employee from being able to perform their previous job, the employer may be responsible for providing access to vocational rehabilitation to do another type of work. This benefit can include:
- Access to a certified vocational counselor
- Counseling for job searches
- Access to a job search program
- Retraining, including education at an accredited learning institution
Depending on the individual circumstance, this benefit can help an injured worker find a new job, be trained for another position and in some cases, be eligible for paid education to learn other skills. It is important that employees comply with the rehabilitation program and work with their approved vocational counselor to find new employment or they may be at risk for losing their right to receive retraining or educational compensation, as well as maintenance benefits while receiving vocational services. An attorney familiar with Worker’s Compensation in Illinois can help their client get the most out of this benefit and fight for additional retraining or education if needed.Lawyers Committed Getting You Your Full Benefits When Vocational Training Is Necessary After An Illinois Work Injury Case
No one ever expects to suffer an injury at work– let alone one that prohibits you from returning to the profession that you are committed to. While, career ending injuries are relatively uncommon, when they do occur Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is committed to protecting the rights of injured workers and takes steps ensure that employers and insurance carriers provide the benefits that they are required to under Illinois law.
If you have suffered an injury at work and are unsure of you are capable of returning to your pre-injury position, we urge you to contact an attorney who can advise you of the law and how you may be impacted. Call us anytime to discuss your options without any cost or obligation on your end.
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