Can Your Bakken Workers Comp Claim Cover That?

When many people think about a workers compensation lawsuit or settlement, they only consider monetary damages for the injury. But when you are injured on the job, you may be able to ask for retraining to help you continue to lead a productive life in another field.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, some federal employees who are injured on the job are eligible for vocational rehabilitation, or job training, to help mitigate the loss of income caused by the injury. After working for most of their adult lives at Bakken or other oil fields, many people cannot imagine working in any other profession.

But if a workers comp injury leaves you unable to do the work you have always done, what would you do? Monetary compensation might take care of your physical needs and make sure the bills are paid, but most hard-working people cannot imagine doing nothing.

While not all workers compensation settlements include a provision for vocational rehabilitation, it is definitely worth talking to an attorney about. When an injury takes away the only livelihood you've known, it only makes sense that those responsible for your injuries should help you find a new career option.

When you contact us about your workers compensation injury, we can talk about all the different options available to you. At a minimum, you'll need medical benefits and wage replacement for the time that you are off work, but we can also help you figure out what comes next. With vocational rehabilitation, it doesn't have to be forced retirement.