Getting A New Job After A Work Injury Is Easier Said Than Done
Workers’ compensation benefits must make accommodations for workers whose injuries are so severe that they will never again be able to perform the physically demanding jobs they were doing when they got injured. When the worker is able to do sedentary or light duty work, workers’ comp will provide vocational counseling and, if appropriate, continuing education to help the injured worker qualify and apply to appropriate positions.
Of course, searching for a new job when you left yours under adverse circumstances, including work injuries, is no simple task. Age discrimination, though illegal, is alive and well. Most sedentary jobs require computer skills, and older workers whose only work experience is in manual labor may struggle to compete with younger “digital natives” who are applying for the same jobs. In the worst cases, it is simply a matter of the workers’ comp bureaucracy making workers run the job search gauntlet, sometimes for years, before awarding them permanent disability benefits. If your employer is putting you through unnecessary trials and tribulations to avoid paying you disability benefits, contact a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer.
If you are unable to return to your prior employment there are numerous avenues of recovery that an injured worker can seek. Have you been taken out of your usual and customary line of work? Has this injury caused a substantial wage loss between the job you had before the injury and the new job you were able to obtain? Because of your age, skills, restrictions, and education does any reasonable job market still exist? These are the most important questions that need to be answered to properly evaluate your case and maximize your potential recovery as a result of these unfortunate circumstances.
Contact a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer About Recovering From Work Injuries in a Tough Job Market
A workers’ compensation lawyer can help you if your employer is making you endlessly jump through hoops in search of job opportunities that do not exist. Contact Connolly Injury Law in Chicago, Illinois or call or text (312)780-0816.