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I Can’t Return To My Job… What Now?

By Ronald J. Fonner, Esq.

It is an unfortunate fact that many injured workers are unable to return to the job they were performing at the time they were injured at work. The thought of never being able to return to the work you have done for most of your life can be frightening and depressing. However, there is a federally funded program that is designed to help individuals find work within their work-related restrictions.

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) was designed specifically to aid disabled individuals who cannot return to their jobs. Its objective is to find occupations for disabled individuals through counseling and training. The goal is to match injured workers with jobs they can perform both physically and vocationally.

When you contact OVR, you will be assigned a counselor. After consultation and any necessary evaluations, your counselor will begin the rehabilitation process. The rehabilitation process may involve trying to find an open position that matches your current abilities, determining what training or schooling you need to obtain a job that is within your abilities, or even assisting you in starting your own business.

Those of you who are currently clients of QuatriniRafferty know that our goal is to turn the misfortune of your work injury into a new lease on life. One of our best tools is the OVR program. OVR does not charge a fee for providing these rehabilitation services. If you are not currently enrolled in OVR, contact our office via email, or call us at 724-837-0080 in Greensburg or toll free at 888-534-6016, so that we can send you information to enable you to get in touch with your local OVR office. You have nothing to lose, and possibly a new life to gain.

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