Workers’ Comp Claim and Return to Work Programs: The Vocational Recovery Project
Back to work after an accident at work
I started a professional recovery project a few years ago. Unfortunately, since then I have not noticed significant improvements in the success of injured workers when they return to work. It seems to me that L’I and most PHO companies think that improving results means making more decisions. These results show that people with work-related injuries can work. In other words, they focused on making a decision. However, they ignore important considerations, such as returning an injured worker to work.
If you think about it, if someone determines that someone can work, it doesn’t necessarily mean improving outcomes for an employee. In practice, a success plan is needed to improve the outcome. The plan should show how and why an employee will successfully perform their tasks over time. In fact, without such a plan, the applicant cannot return to work in a sustainable manner.
Each employee’s claim for compensation and each accident victim is different
I have written many articles about vocational education. Some articles cover retraining, career guidance, planning, disability assessment and other topics. More than once I was criticized and shouted for what others consider my “bias”. Many people believe that the only acceptable result for my clients is retirement. In other words, my clients are completely unable to work and work. This assumption is not only wrong, but also simply offensive.
In any case, the optimal outcome depends on the specific facts and circumstances. This mainly depends on the person injured at work, his medical limitations and other individual factors. Professional services, especially vocational training plans, are often needed to ensure optimal outcomes for job seekers. Unfortunately, I am afraid that this aspect of improving return to work is not addressed in the professional recovery project. This is probably a list of consultants of the project. Do you see any representation of applicants about workplace accidents? It seems that there is no voting for those who have been injured at work.
Employee complaints concern people
If you ask me, it takes more than just definitions to improve the outcome of an employee compensation claim, or L.I. This requires empathy and an understanding of the unique problems people face after a work injury. In addition, you should listen, cooperate and be open.
If you give strength to the seekers and give them hope, they will take control of their lives. We need to be creative in their difficult living conditions and manage them. Why can’t we treat victims of workplace accidents as smart adults and talk to them about their future? Unfortunately, the results of the return-to-work evaluation for most staff are less than favourable to these people.
Comments and final thoughts
There seems to be a popular misconception. Contrary to what you think, most workers’ compensation claimants do not want to be completely incapacitated. According to my observations, most of them instead want to find a realistic solution for a productive life after an accident at work or a professional disease that has changed lives. For most, this means that they have the opportunity to make a full recovery.
It is clear that some people will never recover from accidents at work or occupational diseases. Ultimately, their goal is to achieve a stable and meaningful professional and personal life. If you want to improve your return to work, you need to think more about the injured employee.