Workers’ compensation in Minnesota is designed to provide financial assistance and other services to injured workers as they work to recover and return to their job in the wake of an injury. Unfortunately, some work injuries are too severe for an individual to be able to return to their old position even after healing has run its course. While it’s not ideal, the workers’ compensation system is also designed to help an injured worker find gainful employment in the event that they cannot return to their old job after an injury. We dive into that process and talk about some resources available to you in today’s blog.
How To Find A New Job After A Work Injury
We understand that having to find a new job after a work accident is not ideal, but you won’t have to do the process on your own. There are resources available to you, but you should also strongly consider hiring a workers’ compensation lawyer. They’ll be able to help get you a large compensation package to address the financial stress of changing careers, and they’ll be able to offset a large portion of this potential wage loss. A lawyer can also help connect you with many of the resources we list below so that you can navigate the job search more easily.
If you need to find a new job after a work injury, you’ll be leaning on what’s known as vocational rehabilitation benefits. These benefits are free to injured workers, and they provide assistance for all aspects of your quest to find a new career. Again, your lawyer can help you with the application for vocational rehab services, or you can find your local VRS department in your area with the help of a Google search. Oftentimes it’s easier to have a lawyer assist in the application process, but we can also help in the event you are denied services after applying on your own.
Some of the services offered through these vocational rehabilitation centers include:
- Finding a job
- Applying for positions
- Preparing for an interview
- Resume building
- Job placement
- Career counseling
- Job training
Vocational rehab services may also help pay for services to help you maintain your current job or continue your education in order to find a new career. For example, if assistive technologies or special equipment is needed to help you keep a job or get hired at a different company, your vocational rehabilitation benefits may cover those costs. Or if you’re struggling to find a new job as a result of your injuries and education level, workers’ compensation benefits can pay for specific training or even tuition to further your education so that you can find gainful employment. The goal is to help all injured employees return to a fulfilling career in some capacity, and countless vocational rehab services can assist with this process, you just have to know how to apply for them!
Hopefully you’ll never need to figure out how to find a new career in the wake of a work injury, but it’s an unfortunate reality for many workers in Minnesota each and every day. Don’t try to go through the process on your own or with your own financial backing. The workers’ compensation system is designed to protect injured workers, and you should lean on these benefits in your time of need. It may be complex at times, but that’s what we’re here for.
We’ve helped countless individuals get the rehab services they need to shift to a new position within their company or to find gainful employment in another sector after an injury, and we’d be happy to do the same for you. If you have any questions or needs when it comes to compensation or employment, make sure your first call is to the experienced team of injury lawyers at Hey Workers. Set up your first appointment with our team today at (844) 439-9675.