• Do Workers’ Compensation Benefits Include Rehabilitative or Job Training Benefits?

    Physical TherapyThere are so many different ways, and degrees, of getting hurt on the job. In all cases, if you need medical care or time away from work as a result of an on-the-job injury, you are likely to be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. But most people don’t realize exactly how extensive the coverage provided by workers’ compensation in the state of New Jersey can be. Not only is medical care and wage loss coverage provided, but if your injury is one that leaves you disabled in a way that means you need to find a new job, or that you need special training in order to return to your job, vocational rehabilitation is covered too.

    In the state of New Jersey, there are several programs that are specifically designed to help people who have disabilities find new jobs or keep the ones that they have. These programs fall under the umbrella supervision of the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. This organization is not strictly for the benefit of people who have been hurt at work: it also serves people who are unemployed, or who have become disabled outside of work. Rehabilitative vocational services include many different types of assistance, including:

    • Skills training
    • Counseling and guidance
    • Tuition reimbursement
    • Job search assistance and training
    • Helping with drafting a resume and filling out applications
    • Continuing education guidance
    • Workplace accommodation
    • Mobility equipment
    • Driver training for disability
    • Vehicle and home modifications to accommodate disability
    • Physical therapy and needed equipment
    • Therapy to address mental health problems

    If your work-related injury has made it difficult or impossible for you to continue in your old job but you want or need to continue working, the services provided through vocational rehabilitation are there to help make that a reality. Working with trained therapists, you may find a way to remain in your original job with accommodation or to be trained for something that will provide you with both compensations and the sense of fulfillment that comes from a good day of work. You may also be able to receive tuition reimbursement to enable you to obtain a new job. Employers are required to provide this benefit under workers’ compensation regulations but sometimes refuse to do so. If you are having trouble getting the benefits you deserve, contact the attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr today to set up a convenient appointment.

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