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Am I Entitled to Vocational Rehabilitation in Chicago?

Understanding Vocational Rehabilitation Through Chicago Workers' Compensation

Vocational RehabIn Illinois, workers' compensation laws require that an employer must pay for an employee's vocational rehabilitation when necessary. Vocational rehabilitation is a benefit (at no cost to the injured worker) which may cover education, training, or instruction that helps him or her get back on track and secure a good job that pays as much as possible.

Rehabilitation Available for Injured Illinois Workers

The law generally requires the employer to pay for rehabilitation when the employee is not able to go back to the same type of job as before, or the employee has been incapacitated for a specific period of time. Rehabilitation might include the following, as well as other services:

  • Interview coaching
  • Counselling
  • Retraining or payment of further education
  • Job search assistance
  • On-the-job training
  • Skills testing and analysis
  • Job application and resume assistance

Illinois Vocational Rehabilitation Guidelines

Not every work injury is eligible for a vocational rehabilitation award. Your Chicago workers' compenation lawyer will carefully analyze your situation to determine what benefits and awards are available to you. In an important workers' compensation case known as the National Tea Co. case, the court set forth some guidelines to help determine whether vocational rehabilitation would be appropriate. Some of the guidelines include:

  • Whether the injury reduced your earning capacity and rehabilitation will likely increase it
  • Whether your job security may be affected
  • Whether you will likely gain employment after training
  • The various costs and benefits of the programs
  • How long you may live
  • Whether you seem motivated and able to complete the program
  • Whether you have done any other such programs in the past and the results
  • Whether you are considered to be trainable or not
  • Whether you already have skills that you can use without additional training

Contact our Chicago Workers' Compensation Attorneys

If you would like to discuss workers' compensation and your rights under the law, call the Chicago workers' comp attorneys at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC now at (800) 996-4824 for a free consultation.

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