Vocational rehabilitation is the process of restoring the vocational functioning of an Ohio worker who experiences an on the job injury or occupational disease and who voluntarily agrees to participate in vocational rehabilitation.
Vocational rehabilitation is entirely optional and not required of any injured worker.
Anyone can refer a Cincinnati injured worker for vocational rehabilitation services (i.e. a doctor, a lawyer, etc.). Once referred into a program, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will then determine whether or not the injured employee is “eligible” for a vocational rehab program.
Generally speaking, to be eligible for vocational rehab, the injured worker must:
(Note: other restrictions apply. See OAC 4123-18-03 for further information.)
If an injured worker is determined to be “eligible” by fulfilling the requirements above for voc rehab, he or she must then be determined to be “feasible” to gain entrance into a program.
To be “feasible” for voc rehab, the injured worker must have a “reasonable probability” of benefiting from services and returning to work as a result thereof.
If you are interested in vocational rehabilitation, have questions about "voc rehab" eligibility, and/or have been denied entrance into a program, feel free to call our office to discuss your options.
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