A work-related accident could change the course of your life, especially if you suffered serious physical damage. You could deal with painful injuries and debilitating side effects that may impact your ability to work. The result may be that you require time away from work to recover and financial support as you try to get back to work once you are ready to move forward.
Unfortunately, your return to work may not be as easy as you expect it to be. You may find that your injuries prevent you from doing the same tasks as you did before your accident, or you may even need help finding new employment if you simply are not able to return to the same job. Fortunately, the workers’ compensation benefits available to you could include help with your return to the workplace.
What type of help do you need?
Rehabilitation benefits could be available to you through a workers’ comp claim. These benefits include support necessary for beyond your medical care and missed wages. You can get help for things you may need as you prepare to return to work or find new employment. These include:
- Help preparing or updating your resume
- Job search assistance
- Interview assessment and coaching
- Ergonomic assessment and help with accommodations you may need
- Wage assessment
- On-the-job training
- Skills assessment and analysis
- Management of your medical case
- Tuition and education for any continued school you need
It is not always easy to return to work after a job-related accident. Thankfully, you do not have to walk through this process alone. You may find that it is necessary to fight for the benefits you need and maximize your claim as you pursue the specific rehabilitation benefits necessary for your recovery and return to the workforce.
Where should you start?
If you don’t know where to start after a work accident, it can help to simply begin by seeking a complete assessment of your case and explanation of how the claims process works by an experienced Illinois workers’ comp attorney. When you have help from the very beginning, you can fight for maximum benefits and support through your claim. You will also find this support useful if additional rehabilitation benefits are necessary later in your recovery process.