No. Vocational rehabilitation counselors (both medical and vocational) work for the insurance company. Their involvement in an injured worker's case is for the benefit of the insurance company, not the worker.
Injured workers should carefully handle their interactions with vocational rehabilitation counselors. Sometimes these counselors can misconstrue a worker's words in an attempt to invalidate the claim and terminate benefits. Our Raleigh workers' comp lawyers provide an overview of how workers should conduct conversations with vocational rehabilitation counselors.