Recovery from a work injury often requires both time and support. You may need financial resources if you need to take a leave of absence from work to heal or to stay at a rehabilitation hospital.
You may need medical coverage to get the treatment necessary to fully recover. When you do start to transition back to your job, you may also need accommodations from your employer to make your job responsibilities achievable with your new limitations.
In circumstances where someone’s condition is serious enough to have a lasting effect on their health or job performance, going back to the same position or even the same line of work may not be realistic. Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits can help.
Vocational rehabilitation can help you move into a different field
A job injury can have a long-term, negative impact on your income. The more physical the job that you perform is, the more likely it is that your injuries will limit your job function when you finish treatment.
Some workers may have to accept the reality that they can’t return to the same work they used to do. Instead, they may need to move into a less physically demanding position. Unfortunately, with less strenuous job responsibilities often comes lower levels of compensation.
Vocational rehabilitation benefits through North Carolina workers’ compensation program can help you by training you for a new line of work that can allow you to earn better wages than you could in an entry-level position without job training. The more you know about the benefits you could receive, the easier it will be to get the benefits you need after an injury on the job.