Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to provide an injured worker with funds for more than just lost wages and medical bills. Through workers’ compensation, an injured employee may also be able to participate in a vocational rehabilitation program that their employer will pay for. Because many different types of injuries can be extremely severe and impact the worker’s ability to perform their job and retain employment, vocational rehabilitation programs can be crucial. The state of Oklahoma has several different programs that are geared towards injured workers and are designed to help workers regain some of the skills they may have lost with injury. The following are the three divisions listed under the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation:
- Rehabilitative Services
- Visual Services
- Disability Determination
How Oklahoma’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program Works
The actual process of being able to enter into one of Oklahoma’s vocational rehabilitation programs can be difficult, which is why it is in your best interest to enlist the services of an Oklahoma attorney from Atkins & Markoff. In start off, you will need to go into the Oklahoma Vocational Rehabilitation office in order to request admission to one of the programs. Upon submitting an application, your disability will be evaluated and assessed in order to determine whether or not you meet the requirements for eligibility. It is important to note that this process can take upwards of 60 days. Once the 60 days have passed and you have been deemed eligible, you may then be able to schedule an appointment with a guidance counselor from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and begin to plan your program. Once this has been completed, you will be able to receive vocational rehabilitation services that are designed to help you get a job. Your assigned DVR will also be able to give you tips and guidance regarding keeping your current position, or in some cases, help you find an even better job.
Why You Need An Attorney From Atkins & Markoff
If you have been injured on the job and are interested in obtaining vocational rehabilitation services through workers’ compensation, it is a good idea to retain an Oklahoma workers’ compensation lawyer from Atkins & Markoff. With more than 100 years of combined experience and an in-depth understanding of Oklahoma’s legal system and workers’ compensation law, our attorneys will be able to help you build a strong case and obtain the benefits and services you deserve. Located in Oklahoma City, we have represented individuals throughout Tulsa, Norman, and surrounding areas. We understand how important it is for you to maintain or relearn the skills you need in order to keep your current job or find a new one, which is why we are committed to guiding you through the steps that need to be taken in order to enter into a vocational rehabilitation program. Give us a call today and let one of our workers’ compensation attorneys get started with your case!