A work injury can change your life in many ways. In addition to the pain you may be experiencing, you may also find yourself dealing with financial hardship because of time you missed from work and your medical bills. It’s not easy to get better and move forward after a work-related accident for many reasons.
One of the most difficult aspects of a work accident is getting back to work after a serious injury and lengthy recovery. You may need various types of support to return to your job, adjust to new limitations or find a new job. Thankfully, this type of support is available to you through a workers’ compensation claim. Rehabilitation benefits are available to some people who need additional support during their recovery.
What does it include?
Every case is different, and the workers’ compensation benefits you may be able to get depend on various factors, including the nature of your injuries, your medical needs, the length of your recovery and more. Alaska workers who need additional support when they are ready to go back to work can seek rehabilitation benefits. These benefits may include the following:
- Help with updating your resume if you need another job
- Assistance with your job search
- On-the-job training if you have new employment
- Help with accommodations you may need due to a disability
- Payment of your tuition and education needs if you need to go back to school
- Assessment of wages and help finding appropriate income
- Assistance with interview preparation and techniques
Sometimes, a work injury is serious enough that it leaves you permanently disabled or dealing with injuries that will change how you can work. Your transition back to the workforce may not be easy, but you do not have to walk through it alone. While workers’ compensation insurance companies are most concerned with their bottom lines, you can fight to maximize the benefits available to you.
Your recovery starts now
Many injured workers find it helpful to reach out for the support and guidance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible after an accident in your workplace. From completing the initial paperwork to fighting for what you need to get back to work, you can benefit from assistance at every step. If you think you may need additional support, you may want to seek an evaluation of your case so you can better understand what benefits you can claim.