The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation offers a number of programs and services to help Injured Workers return to the work force following an industrial injury. You are not required to participate in these programs, but participation may be worthwhile if you are willing and able to participate.
Anyone can refer an injured worker for vocational rehabilitation services. The Bureau will then determine it the Injured Worker is eligible for the referral. To be eligible, vocational rehabilitation must be eligible and feasible.
To be eligible, the Injured Worker must have an allowed claim with eight (8) or more days of lost time due to a work related injury; or must have a claim certified by a state university or state agency; or must have a claim certified by a self-insuring employer. Next, the Injured Worker must have a significant impediment to employment as a direct result of the allowed conditions in the referred claim. Finally, the Injured Worker must have at least one of the following: (1) The Injured Worker is receiving or has been awarded temporary total, non-working wage loss, or permanent total compensation for a period of time that must include the date of referral; OR 2. The Injured Worker was granted a scheduled loss award; OR 3. The Injured Worker received or was awarded a permanent partial award and has job restrictions as a result of the documented by a physician not more than one hundred eighty days prior to the date of referral; OR 4. The Injured Worker has been determined to have reached maximum medical improvement in the claim.
The Injured Worker must also be feasible for vocational rehabilitation. This means that the Injured Worker has a reasonable probability of benefiting from the services.
If you have questions about vocational rehabilitation or need help securing services, you may need to contact an attorney who can fight to get you back in the workforce. The attorneys at The Bainbridge Firm are knowledgeable in this area and can help you explore your vocational rehabilitation options.