Worker’s Compensation Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation programs offer special services designed to eliminate a disability.
They also reduce or alleviate a disability to the greatest degree possible; help you return to work when possible; or provide you with aid to live and work at your maximum capability. The Board’s Rehabilitation staff includes counselors, social workers, a consultant physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist), and claims examiners to coordinate and follow up on medical and vocational rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation is voluntary, except in limited circumstances. You should contact the Rehabilitation Unit at the nearest Board District Office for questions about rehabilitation or contact the Board at (877) 632-4996.
There are four general types of services:
- Vocational Rehabilitation programs help people whose disability keeps them from returning to their former jobs. These services may provide guidance to help determine the best way to return to work.
- Selective Placement programs help people who are left with a permanent disability and who need a job that will fit their abilities.
- Medical Rehabilitation programs include exercise and muscle conditioning, under the supervision of a physician, to restore a person to maximum usefulness. Only physicians may recommend a medical rehabilitation program.
- Social Services, which are provided by a staff of social workers, are designed to assist with family or financial problems that interfere with rehabilitation.
If you participate in one of the rehabilitation programs, you will continue to receive cash benefits based on the extent of the disability. If you return to work but cannot earn the same wages because of an injury, you may be entitled to compensation benefits at a reduced rate.