Retraining, Vocational Counselors and Vocational Services

Retraining, Vocational Counselors and Vocational Services

Retraining, Vocational Counselors and Vocational Services If you have a workers’ compensation claim or L&I claim in Washington State, you might receive vocational services. These services and benefits fall under the Industrial Insurance Act. However, they are complex because they are discretionary. Th… Read More

Vocational Services in L&I Claims: Upcoming Rule Changes

On October 22, the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) adopted rule changes relating to vocational services. The new rules will go into effect on January 1, 2020. The new rule language can be found on the L&I website. Priority of returni… Read More
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Vocational Services in Workers' Compensation L&I claims - The "Plan Development" Phase

Introduction and context Today’s post in the series about vocational benefits in workers’ compensation claims and L&I claims is about “Plan Development”. Plan Development is a big, and somewhat complex topic. Today’s post will be on… Read More
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Vocational Services in Workers' Comp and L&I Claims - the Ability to Work Assessment (AWA)

In continuing with my recent series of posts about vocational services, today I’d like to discuss “Ability-to-Work Assessment” (AWA) services. The AWA is designed to provide the Department of Labor and Industries with vocational information so… Read More
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Vocational Services and Retraining in L&I Workers' Compensation Claims in Washington State

Introduction If you’re in the process of working on your workers’ compensation claim or L&I claim, you might be eligible for vocational services. Vocational services are a somewhat complex benefit under the Industrial Insurance Act, b… Read More
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L&I Improves Vocational and Rehabilitation Services: New Rules

On June 4th, 2019, L&I announced it is beginning new rule making process to improve vocational services in workers’ compensation cases. According to L&I, this is because vocational services are critical for helping injured workers retur… Read More
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Option 1 versus Option 2 in Vocational Retraining

Option 1 versus Option 2 in Vocational Retraining

Option 1 versus Option 2 in Vocational Retraining This article is part of our series about vocational benefits in workers’ compensation and L&I claims. The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) approves a vocational retaining plan once the Plan Development phase is complete. Then, the w… Read More
Vocational Dispute Resolution or VRDO

Vocational Dispute Resolution or VRDO

Vocational Dispute Resolution or VRDO We discussed the role of the vocational counselor in your L&I claim in other articles. Here, we’re going to go over disputes during the vocational and retraining process. More precisely, we’ll go over Vocational Dispute Resolution (VDRO). Voc… Read More

L&I Claims - Vocational Counselors and Early Intervention

I am a voice for injured workers. I advocate, speak and sometime scream on their behalf. One of the most common complaints I receive from injured workers going through early intervention vocational services, is that they feel other people are making… Read More
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Vocational Counselor and Stand Alone Job Analysis in Your L&I claim

Do you understand the role of the vocational counselor in your L&I claim? Did your vocational counselor perform a stand alone job analysis? Hopefully the information below can help shed some light on the topic. A vocational counselor may be assig… Read More
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