Vocational rehabilitation and its role in helping injured workers

On Behalf of | Dec 22, 2019 | Workers' Compensation |

Workers’ compensation in North Carolina has been established to benefit both employers and their employees. If implemented and enforced the right way, this resourceful program can protect both employers and employees and allow injured workers the support they need to recover from their injuries and return to their jobs. 

Depending on the severity of a person’s injury and the circumstances surrounding how their injury occurred, varying degrees of rehabilitation may be required to facilitate adequate healing. Often, an employer will help to coordinate any rehabilitation that is needed as they actively support their employees throughout the recovery process. One type of rehabilitation is called vocational rehabilitation. This particular type of therapy is designed to help injured workers relearn the skills and competencies that are crucial to their ability to perform their job with ease and confidence. 

According to the US National Library of Medicine, an injured employee’s experience in vocational rehabilitation could be an ongoing process. Especially for individuals who have experienced a traumatic brain injury, the necessity of ongoing therapy will be critical in helping them learn how to perform their job responsibilities in spite of the injury they have sustained. 

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, once a person has been deemed eligible to begin receiving services, they will undergo an assessment to determine which areas they need help in. Their treatment plan will be implemented and regularly analyzed to detect when modifications need to be made to maintain its effectiveness for the patient. The necessity for ongoing support will be determined by assessing the injured worker’s progress over a given length of time. 

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