Sunday, September 12, 2010

Rehabilitation Assistance for Workers When Your Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Claim is Denied

If you have a work related injury in Minnesota, but the employer/insurer is denying your claim or disputing medical causation on your claim, and you need assistance returning to work, you may be eligible for the assistance of a Qualified Rehabilitation Consultant (QRC) through the Department of Labor and Industry’s Vocational Rehabilitation Unit (VRU).

In our Minnesota workers' compensation practice, we frequently see injured workers whose claims are denied struggling to return to work. In many instances, these folks benefit from rehabilitation services provided through the Department of Labor and Industry's Vocational Rehabilitation Unit (VRU).

VRU services are designed to help injured workers return to suitable employment as quickly as possible. This could mean a return to work with the pre-injury employer, in either the same job or another job, or to a new employer in the same or a different type of work.

Vocational rehabilitation services provided by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry's Vocational Rehabilitation Unit (VRU), include:

  • Rehabilitation consultation
  • Medical management
  • Return-to-work services
  • Job analysis
  • Vocational counseling and evaluation
  • Transferable skills analysis
  • Job-seeking skills training
  • Job development and job placement
  • On-the-job training
  • Retraining evaluation

These services are provided or coordinated by a VRU qualified rehabilitation consultant (QRC).

An injured worker does not have to pay for these services. Rehabilitation services are paid for by the workers’ compensation insurance company.

In order to eligible for rehabilitation assistance through the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, you must request a VRU QRC Consultation, and you or your attorney must initiate a claim by filing a Claim Petition or Objection to Discontinuance. Click here to download a copy of the request form.

Rehabilitation services are a valuable benefit for injured workers. To learn more about your right to rehabilitation services, contact us at Meuser & Associates for a free, no-obligation workers’ compensation consultation. Call us today at 877-746-5680 or click here to send us an email.

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