An injured worker with an L&I claim will often be assigned a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) who appears with a stated mission to perform â€śearly intervention vocational services.â€ť Sometimes, the assignment of such a VRC is an indication that conflict is coming between the injured or ill worker and the Department of Labor & Industries and Self-Insured Employer. It is often, therefore, a reason to consult an experienced Labor & Industries attorney.
Is the VRC there for the worker? No. If they were there for the worker, the name of the services for which theyâ€™ve been hired wouldnâ€™t include the word â€śintervention.â€ť What exactly is being intervened (?) – the workerâ€™s current course toward potentially receiving long-term time loss, valuable retraining benefits or receipt of an injury pension. In sum, receipt of valuable benefits is being â€śintervened,â€ť and this tells you clearly that the appearance of a VRC for this purpose is often a bad thing for the injured or sick worker.
What does the VRC do when assigned for early intervention services in a workerâ€™s L&I claim? Washington Administrative Code provides that they will:Continue Reading What Are Early Intervention Vocational Services Under the Industrial Insurance Act?