Minnesota law requires that employers and insurers provide a Qualified Rehabilitation Consultant (QRC) to assist those injured workers who are not able to return to their former jobs or those who have been disabled from their jobs for 90 days. The Workers’ Compensation insurance company or claim administrator must pay the cost of the vocational rehabilitation and QRC.
Though the insurance company pays for the QRC, the injured employee has the right to choose the QRC. The insurance company usually assigns a QRC with whom the insurer is comfortable. Except in unusual cases, an injured worker must make a request to change to the employee’s choice of QRC within 60 days of assignment of the initial QRC. Although all QRCs are required to be neutral parties, some QRCs are more helpful to injured workers than others. Unfortunately, most injured workers don’t know which QRCs are the most helpful. That is where an experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney can be of benefit to you.
The QRC will assist you in obtaining a position that you can perform without violating your permanent work restrictions and also a position that pays close to the same wages as you were earning prior to your work injury.
Services of a Minnesota Qualified Rehabilitation Consultant (QRC)
A variety of QRC services are available to employees who have been injured on the job. These typically include:
- Assisting you with your job search
- Helping you to complete and update your job resume
- Tips for successful job applications
- Surveys of the general job market in the area in which you live
- Medical management of your case which may include attending some medical appointments with you
- Arranging refresher classes for you to brush-up on work skills such as typing, word processing, or data processing and the coordination of expense reimbursement from the insurance company
- On-the-job training
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If you’ve been injured in a Workers’ Compensation injury in Minnesota, contact us to get started on resolving your Workers’ Compensation claim. Remember, consultations with prospective clients on Workers’ Compensation cases are free of charge.