Vocational Services2018-02-08T20:14:32+00:00

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

VOCATIONAL COUNSELOR Heather Taylor, MRC CRC
TELEPHONE   501.227.5553 or 800.822.2680
FAX 501.227.8362

Vocational and Return to Work Services

Re-employment of injured workers is a primary goal of the Arkansas workers’ compensation system. Return to work as soon as medically safe and physically feasible is good therapy, physically, emotionally, and financially.

Issues of employability and return to work often arise in workers’ compensation and liability claims. At claim settlement, these issues can add substantial costs if you are not prepared to present current and credible vocational and work options the injured worker is able to perform—even with limitations.

Arkansas employers’ Death & Permanent Disability exposure continues to increase, consequently, vocational services are more important than ever in your cost containment and return to work efforts.

Systemedic offers a comprehensive program of vocational services designed to promote return to work or alternative employment in workers’ compensation, liability, FELA, and long-term disability. Our vocational rehab counselor has a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. Our services include evaluation of work potential, local and national job market surveys, work site assessments and modification, development of rehabilitation and return to work plans, and much more (see our complete menu of vocational services below).

Vocational Services Menu

  • Initial Vocational Evaluation — Assess and document injured worker’s employability with specific recommendations for facilitating return to work.
  • Work Site Assessment and Employer Consultation — Perform on-site assessment of work environment, equipment and tools used, and job duties; Video Job Analysis is available upon request.
  • Video Job Analysis — Record a 2–3 minute video clip of injured worker’s actual work duties and work environment for review by the treating physician as an aid in a return to work decision.
  • Transitional Employment Plan — Develop and coordinate a time-specific plan for injured worker’s return to work at former job, modified job, or different job with same employer. Facilitate agreement to specific responsibilities of a return to work team consisting of employer, physician, and vocational counselor.
  • Job Market Survey — Match injured worker’s abilities to current job openings.
  • Job Acquisition Coaching — Provide counseling and training in resume preparation and interviewing skills, identify local resources, develop a list of suitable job openings.
  • Job Skills Training — Determine the type of skills training that is realistic and suitable for the injured worker that is also locally accessible at a reasonable cost. Set up short-term re-training programs when work history consists of only manual labor, no skills for lighter employment, or if there will be a significant wage loss. Job skills training can be a cost-effective option to promote claim settlement.
  • Forensic Assessment and Opinion — Complete an evaluation and opinion report outlining the injured worker’s abilities and limitations with information derived solely from medical records and other file documents—no personal contact with the injured worker. The vocational counselor would then be available for any subsequent deposition or ALJ hearing.
  • FREE File Consultation — Perform a quick review of designated files in your office, identifying vocational issues and potential solutions.

Indicators for Referral

  • Indications that the injured worker may not be able to return to customary employment due to residual disability or limitations.
  • Employer has concerns about taking the injured worker back to work due to no “light duty” jobs.
  • Employer needs assistance determining reasonable accommodations for injured worker with residual limitations (particularly important in view of ADA requirements).
  • Employer is willing to return injured worker to work, but a written or video job analysis is needed for review by the treating physician to clarify physical demands and needed job modifications.
  • Injured worker is nearing maximum medical improvement, but no return to work or vocational plan is in place in preparation for a hearing or settlement.
  • Injured worker expresses concern or anxiety about returning to customary job, or has questions about the type of work he or she is capable of performing.
  • Injured worker displays poor motivation to return to work, or there is evidence of secondary gain.