Alabama Workers Compensation  Vocational Benefits

If you have been hurt at work, received medical treatment for your work related injury, have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) and have suffered a permanent injury to a non scheduled body part (head, neck, shoulders, back, hip, or if you have an injury which detrimentally effects the efficient functioning of your body), but you have been allowed to return to work, as a rule of thumb, you are not currently entitled to vocational benefits; however, this may change.

Vocational benefits allow you to request that your employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier retrain you (if possible), or to obtain additional compensation for your loss of access to jobs now available to you in your post injury condition. If you are back at work and making the same amount of money it is assumed that you do not have any vocational loss, but this may change. Under the Alabama Workers Compensation Act, you right to vocational benefits exists for 300 weeks after the date you suffered your work injury; so, if you did return to work but within the 300 week period you later loose your job (not due to fault on your part), you can petition the court to reopen your settled case for additional vocational compensation, but this right is not mentioned by the workers' compensation insurance carrier when they contact you in hopes of settling your case.

Often a person who was injured at work will contact our firm with a settlement offer they have received where they have been offered money for their permanent physical impairment and an additional $2,000.00 or so to close the workers' right to vocational benefits. If the worker who suffered an accident at work accepts this amount, then if they are fired the next day, they cannot petition the court for additional compensation, which is usually worth much more than the small amount they received to close their vocational benefits

If you have suffered an accident at work and have sustained a permanent impairment, but your employer has allowed you to return to work and you have been offered some additional compensation to close your right to future vocational benefits, your should not accept this offer without first speaking with an experienced Alabama Work Injury lawyer. If you have suffered a permanent injury and have questions about what you have been offered to settle your case, the Alabama Workers Compensation lawyers at Powell and Denny would be happy to speak with you about your case.

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With offices in North Alabama and Central Alabama, the Alabama Job Injury lawyers at Powell and Denny have successfully represented injured workers from Florence to Bridgeport, from Hazel Green to Childersburg, from Guntersville to Calera, from Jasper to Vestavia Hills and in places in between.

Alabama Workers Compensation  Vocational Benefits