What are Vocational Services and Vocational Retraining in my claim?

  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. These services are a somewhat complex benefit under the Industrial Insurance Act. This is because some benefits are provided as a matter of right under the Act, however vocational benefits are […]

Vocational services in Workers’ Compensation L&I claims – The “Plan Development” Phase

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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 one of several on this topic. During Plan Development the assigned vocational counselor attempts to identify a retraining goal and […]

Vocational services in workers’ compensation and L&I claims – the Ability to Work Assessment (AWA)

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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 that it can make a claim related determination about an injured worker’s ability to work or eligibility for further […]

Vocational services and retraining in L&I workers’ compensation claims in Washington State

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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, because while other benefits are provided as a matter of right under the Act, vocational benefits are discretionary. This means […]

L&I improves vocational and rehabilitation services: New rules in the making

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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 return to work. L&I believes that changes it has already made to vocational services have resulted in significant improvements. These […]

What is a Vocational Dispute Resolution or VRDO?

  Disputing vocational decisions in L&I workers’ compensation claims The role of the vocational counselor has been discussed in other articles. This write-up focuses on disputing vocation decisions and the Vocations Dispute Resolution (VDRO). While vocational retraining can be a tremendous benefit under the right circumstances, I don’t believe enough emphasis is placed on a holistic analysis […]