The Goals of Vocational Rehabilitation in Workers Comp Case

Once the doctor states that you may return to some form of light duty work, the insurance company may begin vocational rehabilitation.  There are two goals of vocational rehabilitation. The first goal is to restore the employee to some form of employment and the second goal is to relieve the employer’s burden of future compensation. The goal is not to find the employee a meaningful job, a convenient job, or a job that he would want.  It is not an opportunity to go to college. It is solely to save the insurance company money.  To me, vocational rehabilitation is not a benefit to the employee but rather a benefit to the insurance company.  It is usually better for employees to find their own employment.


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