You may be entitled to retrain for a new job or occupation:
- If you cannot return to your regular job within the permanent work restrictions your doctor has given;
- Your employer is not offering you a job within your permanent work restrictions; and
- Considering your education and work experience, there are no jobs you can do within your permanent work restrictions that pay what you earned before you were hurt.
If you are in this situation, please contact us to discuss your options under Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation laws. We can help you make a claim to retrain for a job you can do within your permanent work restrictions.
Retraining is a substantial benefit for many injured workers. Some workers learn new skills with on-the-job training, but others return to school to learn a new trade or just to brush up on skills that need updating or refreshing. Such schooling may be short (like a six-week refresher course in computer skills) or may take a year or two (or, occasionally, longer).
Beware: Employers and their worker’s compensation carriers rarely tell injured employees that they may have a claim for retraining under Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation law.
If you cannot return to work because of permanent work restrictions from your job injury and you do not qualify for work that pays something similar to what you used to earn, contact us to discuss whether it makes sense to make a claim for retraining.