Posted by Foster Law on May 27, 2015
For many who have been seriously injured on the job and are disabled, it can be a frightening, uncertain road. Not knowing what your future holds or how you will survive from day to day can be overwhelming, to say the least.
Questions arise, such as:
In Washington State, if you suffer a debilitating work injury that leaves you out of a job, you may qualify for "vocational rehabilitation”. Injured workers who cannot return to their former occupation are entitled to this type of rehabilitation at the expense of their employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier.
Some of the services to which an injured worker may be entitled include:
The vocational rehabilitation benefits that an injured employee will be eligible for are determined not only by the employee's specific situation, but also must conform with state statutory and regulatory limitations.
Vocational rehabilitation is a program that provides customized vocational rehabilitation and supportive services to assist qualified individuals with disabilities to obtain jobs that are consistent with their skills and abilities.
To be eligible to receive vocational rehabilitation services from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), the following will be taken into account:
The following circumstances may make an injured worker unemployable and not able to benefit from vocational rehabilitation services:
Whether you are suffering from a work-related injury or an occupational disease, you must have a physical injury to be able to file a claim for benefits under Washington law. According to Washington State law, you have one year after the day upon which the injury occurred to file a claim after your injury or occupational disease.
If you have been injured on the job and need help wading through the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries maze of forms and information, it's best to hire a workers' compensation attorney in Seattle to represent you. Foster Law, P.C. has a wealth of experience handling workers' compensation claims. Please call 206-682-3436 or contact us online to set up a FREE consultation.