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What if I can't go back to work after an injury?

Many people are aware of the positive benefits made available by workers' compensation, specifically the financial assistance that insurance provides in the event of an on the job injury. What you may not know is that in some cases, you are entitled to more than just monetary compensation, which can be extremely important if you find yourself unable to return to work.

There are some on the job injuries from which you can eventually recover and return to work, but some serious injuries make it impossible to start working again. If for instance, you work in a factory that requires the use of your hands, and you lose a hand in an injury, you will never be able to perform your job again. More than providing you with financial assistance, workers' compensation benefits may also assist you in finding alternative employment.

Thanks to a concept known as vocational rehabilitation, you could receive a great deal of assistance in finding another job, including things such as training, resume writing services, job search assistance and more. Your workers' compensation could provide you with all of the help that you need to find a job that you are capable of performing despite your injury, allowing you to retake your place as a productive member of society.

The amount of vocational rehabilitation to which you are entitled varies depending on your circumstances and state, so it is impossible to tell exactly what your options are. If you have suffered a serious on the job injury in New York, consider meeting with an attorney familiar with New York workers' compensation laws. This will allow you to better understand what you can expect from your workers' compensation benefits.

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