During the workers' compensation process in North Carolina, claimants will meet with vocational rehabilitation professionals. Workers' comp attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates prepared a list of 17 rules to follow when meeting with vocational rehabilitation professionals. Three of the rules are outlined below. The rest of the rules are found in Brent Adams' book (available free) How to Get Top Dollars for Your Workers' Compensation Claim.
- Always have your Raleigh workers' compensation lawyer present during your first meeting with the rehabilitation counselor. The Industrial Commission regulations that apply to vocational rehabilitation counselors provide that the first meeting between the worker and the counselor take place in the office of the worker's attorney. This meeting is extremely important for your worker's comp claim and should always be requested.
- Don't make careless statements to the rehabilitation counselor. An injured worker may make statements to the counselor like: "I am not going to look for any job that doesn't pay at least $15.00 per hour" or "I can't work any job so I am not going to even apply." Vocational rehabilitation counselors love to hear this from the injured worker. They report these statements to the insurance company and make it appear as if the worker is refusing to cooperate with vocational rehabilitation efforts.
- Return to work as soon as possible. At Brent Adams & Associates, we always encourage injured workers to return to work as quickly as possible. The worker earns more income and has a more positive image of themselves when they are working. Most injured workers would much rather be at work earning an income than staying at home and becoming a burden to their family. This does not mean you should jeopardize your health or go back to work before your doctor approves.
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Having a top Raleigh personal injury attorney working with you on your workers' comp claim makes the complicated process easier to navigate. Learn your rights in a NC workers' comp claim through a free consultation with a Brent Adams & Associates attorney at 800.849.5931.