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Vocational Rehabilitation or Job Retraining

Seattle Vocational Rehabilitation Attorney

Snohomish Job Retraining Lawyer Serving the Puget Sound

As of 2009, Washington law authorizes more comprehensive vocational rehabilitation benefits than existed previously. If disabling effects of your industrial injury leave you permanently unable to perform gainful employment on a reasonably continuous basis, then you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation benefits. If you live and work in the Puget Sound area, reach out to a Seattle vocational rehabilitation lawyer today. We at the Law Office of James E. Sedney are here to help.

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When your treatment concludes and you are deemed to have reached "maximum medical improvement," your self-insured employer or the Department of Labor & Industries (DLI) will evaluate your eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services. They will hire a vocational rehabilitation counselor, who will help to determine if you qualify for vocational rehabilitation services. This specially trained counselor will assess all of the factors which influence your ability to work. These factors include your:

  • Age
  • Aptitudes
  • Education
  • Experience
  • Physical capacity
  • Transferable skills

The vocational rehabilitation counselor assigned to your case will determine if there is an occupation which you could perform, if you received additional training or education. If you are found eligible for rehabilitation benefits, you may receive up to two years of training. This may include costs for instruction, training, tuition, books and travel, and is in addition to the temporary total disability benefits you would continue to receive during training.

Requesting Reconsideration

Any party, including the employer, worker or attending physician, can request reconsideration of the vocational rehabilitation services eligibility determination. This request for reconsideration must be submitted within 15 days of the determination. The DLI will then review everything in the record and make a final determination.

Experienced workers' compensation attorney James E. Sedney will use his over 35 years of experience to identify critical facts which the evaluation may have overlooked. He can request reconsideration on your behalf. If necessary, he may obtain a second opinion from another vocational rehabilitation counselor.

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