When a worker becomes disabled as the result of an on-the-job injury, he or she may need assistance finding new work that can be performed with their disability. Vocational rehabilitation is a covered benefit paid for by employers under New Jersey Workers’ Compensation law. It can provide an injured worker with the training needed to continue in his or her field, or to make a career change.
The New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) oversees numerous programs that can help individuals with disabilities find or keep jobs. The mission of the DVRS is to enable disabled workers find meaningful employment tailored to their strengths, priorities, needs, skills, and abilities. The DVRS helps individuals who are unemployed as well as those who are having difficulties performing or holding their current position due to a disability.
The DVRS offers the following programs and referral services to those with disabilities:
- Vocational counseling and guidance
- Skills training and analysis
- Job search guidance and training in job-seeking skills
- Resume drafting and application assistance
- Job placement and coaching
- Continuing education guidance and assistance, including financial assistance
- Supported employment
- Workplace accommodations
- Mobility equipment
- Driver training
- Vehicle and home modifications
- Physical restoration through equipment or therapy
- Emotional restorative services that address mental health problems and work tolerance
- Medical case management
Many workers who become disabled as a result of a work-related injury want or need to stay employed. If the circumstances of a worker’s injuries make it difficult or impossible to remain in his or her former position, vocational rehabilitation services can help the individual get the accommodations and training they need. With assistance or physical restoration, a disabled worker may find that he or she is able to stay in the same field or find a new job that is better suited to his or her ongoing skillset.
New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Shebell & Shebell Help Injured Workers Get Back On Their Feet
If you or someone you love has been injured at work, you may be entitled to compensation or other related benefits. The experienced New Jersey Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Shebell & Shebell can help. We represent clients throughout New Jersey, including Monmouth County, Middlesex County, and Ocean County, including Howell, Freehold, Middletown, Shrewsbury, Wall, Union Beach and Neptune. For a free consultation, call us at 866-957-5237 or contact us online today.