If you were injured while on the job, you may wish to pursue benefits through Michigan’s Workers’ Compensation System. However, before filing a claim for benefits, it is important to understand each component of this system.
For example, vocational rehabilitation is an important part of the workers’ comp system in Michigan. By working with a knowledgeable Michigan lawyer, you could understand each component of workers’ compensation and pursue the benefits you need.
What Goals Do the Employer and Employee Have After a Workplace Accident?
When a worker suffers a job-related injury or occupational illness, there are several goals for both the employer and the employee. First, it is essential that the employee receive wage loss benefits during their period of disability. Second, it is important that the medical bills and expenses are paid for as a result of the injuries. Third, there is a goal to return the employee back to work in the same capacity or in a new capacity after the injury.
What Are Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits?
Under Section 319 of the Michigan Workers Compensation Act, workers have a right to vocational rehabilitation, but the scope can vary greatly. For example, it ranges from returning the employee back to work with some minor changes after an injury, to creating an entirely new position or job with the company in order to accommodate the employee in their post-injury condition. Often, this process requires short-term training or even additional education to return the employee to work with the same company—or even a different company.
Employers and insurance companies often push for vocational rehabilitation because they want injured employees to return to work. This way, they do not have to continue to pay wage-loss benefits. Many times, they will hire a private, outside counselor to evaluate the worker, recommend training, and help find a return to work or another job with a different employer. Generally, the employee must cooperate with this type of program or wage loss benefits may be terminated.
Frequently, the employer will attempt to return an injured worker to a job that he or she cannot perform. When the employee cannot do the job, benefits are then terminated. Because of these potential pitfalls for an injured worker, it is important to have a tenacious and seasoned Michigan lawyer on their side.
How a Lawyer Can Help with Vocational Rehab Benefits Through Michigan Workers’ Comp
While workers’ compensation benefits may be essential for a worker who was injured on the job, it is important that a person understands how the system workers before pursuing benefits. Furthermore, it is essential to understand the rules and terms of additional components of this system, such as vocational rehabilitation.
If you were at work, call a Michigan lawyer at Buckfire & Buckfire for help. To discuss the best course of action under your circumstances, call today.
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