You may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services if you need help returning to work because of your injury and your employer is unable to offer you suitable gainful employment within your work restrictions. At any time, you may request a rehabilitation consultation to determine if you are eligible for rehabilitation services. Submit your request for a rehabilitation consultation in writing to your insurer.
If you are eligible for services, vocational rehabilitation services are planned by you, the employer/insurer and a qualified rehabilitation consultant (QRC). These services may include modifying job duties to fit abilities, finding work with a different employer if yours does not have suitable work available or training for a new job.
This benefit is a formal course of study designed to return an injured worker to suitable gainful employment.
Before 80 weeks of wage-loss benefits have been paid, the insurer must notify you or your right to request retraining.
If your date of injury is from Oct. 1, 1995, through Sept. 30, 2000, you must file your request for retraining benefits before 104 weeks of wage-loss benefits have been paid to you.
If your date of injury is from Oct. 1, 2000, through Sept. 30, 2008, you must file your request for retraining benefits before 156 weeks of wage-loss benefits have been paid to you.
If you were injured on or after Oct. 1, 2008, you must file your request for retraining before 208 weeks of wage-loss benefits have been paid to you.
A QRC will assist you with planning vocational rehabilitation services. You may choose your own QRC or the insurer may refer you to one for the rehabilitation consultation. If you do not choose the QRC for the consultation, you may select one to provide the services. You have up to 60 days after a rehabilitation plan is filed to request a different QRC. Under certain circumstances, you may be entitled to a different QRC after the 60-day period. You may obtain a list of QRCs in your area at www.dli.mn.gov/WC/QrcData.asp.
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