Many employees are eager to return to work after an on-the-job injury. However, not all workers will be able to perform the same duties as before—especially if a work accident caused physical restrictions or a disability.
However, Rhode Island workers’ compensation laws give you the right to seek job retraining services at no cost to you if you cannot go back to your old job because of your injuries.
How Does Workers’ Comp Train Me for a New Job?
Any worker who has suffered a total or permanent partial disability covered under workers’ compensation may apply for an evaluation from a vocational rehabilitation counselor of their choice. If the vocational rehabilitation proposal is approved, the program may include a variety of assistance from job searches to formal schooling.
The advantages of enrolling in a job retraining program include:
Learning for free.
Rhode Island is one of the few states that requires a workers’ compensation insurer to pay for your vocational evaluation as well as all aspects of the rehabilitation program.
Advice from a certified rehabilitation counselor.
You will work with a certified rehabilitation counselor throughout your program. Your counselor will not only assist you in submitting your retraining proposal and completing the program, but they can also offer insight on job markets and determine where your skills will be the most useful.
Protecting your benefits.
Your workers’ compensation benefits may not be terminated or reduced as long as you are actively participating in a job retraining program that was approved by the Workers’ Compensation Court.
Have You Been Injured On The Job In Rhode Island?
If you've been hurt at work you need to speak with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Warwick office directly at 401.946.3200 to schedule your free consultation. We help work injury victims in Providence, Warwick and all areas of Rhode Island.