In certain instances your employer may also be required to pay benefits for VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION in addition to financial compensation and medical expenses.
WHEN IS MY EMPLOYER REQUIRED TO PAY FOR VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION IF I AM HURT IN MARYLAND?
Your employer is required to provide you with vocational rehabilitation benefits when your work injury is severe enough to prevent you from returning to your pre-injury job. For example, let’s assume you were a truck driver where you were required to load heavy equipment into a truck each morning and then deliver it to various locations. During one of these trips you are involved in an accident with another car and your lower back is injured. Now lets assume your Doctor recommends a lower back surgery to help cure the pain , you undergo said surgery, and after a long course of physical therapy your Doctor releases you from his care with full time restrictions of “no lifting over 15 pounds.” It is clear that you will not be capable of lifting heavy equipment again for your employer. Additionally, you have great difficulty driving long distances. Under these circumstances your employer would be required to provide you with vocational rehabilitation benefits because you cannot return to your pre-injury job.
WHAT BENEFITS AM I ENTITLED TO IF I AGREE TO UNDERGO VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION?
Here is a list of benefits your employer is required to pay for if you enter into the vocational rehabilitation process after being hurt at work in Maryland.
- Temporary total disability payments (i.e. – your lost wages) while the injured worker is participating in the vocational rehabilitation process.
- The cost of any retraining or schooling.
- Job development and job placement costs.
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