“Rehabilitation is intended to restore the injured employee so the employee may return to a job related to the employee’s former employment or to a job in another work area which produces an economic status as close as possible to that the employee would have enjoyed without disability. Rehabilitation to a job with a higher economic status than would have occurred without disability is permitted if it can be demonstrated that this rehabilitation is necessary to increase the likelihood of reemployment. Economic status is to be measured not only by opportunity for immediate income but also by opportunity for future income.”
...Minnesota Statute 176.102 Subd. 1b
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
You may be entitled to a vocational rehabilitation consultation if you have been injured on the job. You may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services if you are in need of help returning to work because of an injury and your employer is unable to offer suitable gainful employment within the work restrictions assigned by the treating physician.
If you think that vocational rehabilitation services will be helpful, you may request a Rehabilitation Consultation at any time by contacting O'Hara & Hunter Consulting
To expedite your consultation, download
a consultation request form and mail it to:
O'Hara & Hunter Consulting
550 Village Center Drive
North Oaks, MN 55127
O'Hara & Hunter Consulting will provide you with a QRC to assist you in your vocational rehabilitation process. You have the right to select your own QRC. The employer/insurer often assigns a QRC of their choice. You may request a change of QRC up to 60 days from the filing of the Rehabilitation Plan (R-2) with the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). Even then you have the right to request a change of QRC, which must be agreed upon by all parties.
A QRC conducts a rehabilitation consultation to determine your eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services. If eligible, a rehabilitation plan is developed and services are provided to assist you in returning to suitable gainful employment. These services are provided at no cost to you.
Your rehabilitation plan may include such services as medical management and placement services to locate employment with a new employer. It may also include retraining, which is a formal course of study designed to return the injured worker to suitable gainful employment.