With most work-related injuries, workers are able to fully recover and return to their previous job in a reasonable amount of time. Those who sustain more serious or traumatic injuries, however, often cannot return to their jobs at all. If you are injured in the workplace and your injuries are severe enough that you can no longer do your job, you may qualify for vocational rehabilitation benefits. These benefits help you secure other employment within your permanent physical restrictions.
At Noonan Perillo & Thut Ltd., we understand how important it is to our clients to be able to get back to work and earn a living following a workplace injury. Workers' compensation benefits do not cover all of your lost wages and living off them alone can pose a significant hardship to you and your family. We make sure that our clients who are eligible for vocational rehabilitation benefits obtain them.
Understanding Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits
Vocational rehabilitation benefits can be essential to getting a new job that will properly support you and your family following an injury. Vocational Rehabilitation can include:
- Initial Vocational Assessment
- Labor Market Survey
- Additional Education or Vocational Training
- Resume and Job-Application Assistance
- Job Search Assistance
- Career Counseling
- Interview Coaching
- Skills Testing
In order to qualify for these benefits, however, you must have sustained an injury that prevents you from returning to your prior employment or trade. Additionally, it must be shown that vocational rehab will have a positive effect on your job prospects. If you have done vocational rehab in the past and it was not successful, that may impact your ability to obtain these benefits going forward.
Every workers' compensation case is different, and it's important to have legal counsel that can tailor advice to your specific circumstances and objectives. Our attorneys are skilled in handling all types of workers' compensation matters and will fight to make sure you get what you deserve under Illinois law.
To learn more about how we can help you with your workers' compensation claim, Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case. We help workers throughout Lake County and across Illinois.