Any serious work injury or the onset of an occupational disease can create tremendous worry about your financial future. What if you do not recover at a level that allows you to return to your former job? If you need training or education to get back into the workforce in another capacity, will the cost be paid for — or beyond your means?
Vocational retraining for injured workers is a key aspect of employer/insurer obligations under North Carolina law. Although it may seem less urgent than getting medical expenses paid and receiving weekly benefit checks, disputes over what constitutes “suitable employment” and the type and extent of retraining to be provided are common.
We stay abreast of changes in the laws, current trends and emerging strategies for reaching resolution through negotiation, mediation, hearings and appeals. This includes a clear grasp of the new state law that went into effect in June 2011, containing changes that may impact your vocational retraining rights and options.
Your valid, important concerns may involve:
What you believe are fair opportunities and demands, what work doctors believe you can perform, and what the work comp insurer willingly agrees to pay for may be a source of conflict.