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What should I know about rehabilitation through workers' comp?

A New York State worker who suffers workplace injuries or an occupational disease should know about the workers' compensation benefits that may be available to him or her. The extent of these benefits can run the gamut from people who are completely unable to work to those who will eventually recover completely and have no limitations on their abilities. Many cases fall somewhere within those parameters and it is important to understand how various factors are considered in a case. If a worker can benefit from rehabilitation, this is a key part of a workers' compensation claim.

When a worker's health or condition can improve through rehabilitation, this can be very useful and important. Through rehabilitative programs, services seek to eliminate the condition that prevents an individual working. In addition, rehabilitation programs might maximize health improvement, allow the person get back to work when he or she can, or give assistance to work and live. There are many health professionals who are on staff for the Workers' Compensation Board to help a worker. They include social workers, counselors, physical therapists, rehabilitation therapists, consultant psychiatrists, and others.

There are four rehabilitative services that a worker can seek. They are vocational rehabilitation, selective placement, medical rehabilitation, and social services. Vocational rehabilitation gives people assistance to get back to their jobs. That can include guidance to find a path to do so. Selective placement assists those who are permanently disabled and need a job that can account for their limitations. Medical rehabilitation provides muscle conditioning, exercise, and more with a physician to supervise. This is to maximize the person's utility. A medical rehabilitation program can only be recommended by a physician. Social services help people with various personal issues that accompany a workplace injury or occupational disease. When a worker takes part in rehabilitation programs provided by the WCB, they will still get cash benefits that hinge on their condition and their inability to work. If their injury or illness only allows for them to get back to work at lower wages than before, then one's benefits may be reduced.

These are just some of the workers' compensation benefits available. For many, there are issues with getting their benefits from the beginning. This can include qualifying for benefits, getting what they are entitled to, and how best to get the benefits. A workers' compensation law firm can help with these issues and any other problems that arise.

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