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 “early intervention vocational services.” 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 they’ve been hired wouldn’t include the word “intervention.” What exactly is being intervened (?) – the worker’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 “intervened,” 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 worker’s L&I claim? Washington Administrative Code provides that they will:Continue Reading What Are Early Intervention Vocational Services Under the Industrial Insurance Act?