Whether a person works in an industry that is inherently dangerous or in an office setting, a workplace accident or illness could occur in almost any work environment in Oregon and elsewhere. It is not always apparent that a person is suffering from a medical condition that was caused by the workplace. In these matters, it is important for workers to consider their rights and options when it comes to securing workers’ compensation to address the harms and damages caused by a workplace incident.
Following a workplace incident, an injured worker is likely to suffer various harms and losses. One of these could be due to the need for rehabilitation. When it comes to rehabilitation, this goes beyond treatment, such as physical therapy. It can encompass a wide range of vocational rehabilitations.
An injured worker may be entitled to a variety of services when it comes to vocational rehabilitation. This can include on-the-job training, transferable skills analysis and testing, resume and application services, assistance with interview skills and techniques, labor market surveys, job analyses, job search assistance, wage assessment evaluations, vocational rehabilitation counseling, ergonomics assessments, reasonable accommodation assistance, medical case management and education and tuition payment for re-training.
Securing workers’ compensation can be an essential step to take when it comes to recovering from a workplace accident. The loss in damages caused by the incident can be immense, often requiring a worker to receive ongoing medical treatment. In order to address the losses caused by rehabilitation, medical care and lost wages, workers may need to explore their rights when it comes to applying for workers’ compensation benefits.