Vocational rehabilitation can go on indefinitely. However, voc rehab is not free for the insurance carrier, so in each case they will do a cost/benefit analysis to determine whether paying for voc rehab is worthwhile. If it seems unlikely that voc rehab will be successful, the carrier may decide not to pursue it. Or if it continues for an extended amount of time, the carrier may decide to discontinue voc rehab. However, even if it seems unlikely that the voc counselor will find you a job, they may continue to pursue it because if you are non-cooperative, the carrier can file to suspend your benefits.
The carrier may be eager to settle your case because it looks like you will receive the full 500 weeks. Or the adjuster may want to get the file off of his or her desk. Generally speaking, carriers like to settle cases to get risk off of their books.
Do keep in mind that you are automatically entitled to receive the full 500 weeks. For example, if you return back to work, fail to fully cooperate with voc rehab, or become totally disabled for a reason unrelated to your wc injury your benefits may stop before 500 weeks.
Feel free to give me a call if you have any further questions.
After doing WC in Virginia for 35 years I have seen job placement go on for 2-3 years. The adjuster does want to settle because it does cost money. Check my website at virginiadisabilitylawyer.com.
This response is meant to be information only and should not be considered to be legal advice. This information is not meant and should not be construed to be the formation of an attorney client relationship. I practice Virginia Workers compensation law and Social Security Disability law.
After 35 years of Virginia workers' compensation practice, I have come to describe what you are going through as a legal minefield. You are being pressured by the insurance company because you are so close to setting of a number of legal mines. You need to retain and experienced workers' compensation attorney who can guide you through that minefield, sooner rather than later.
You should call a lawyer.
Seth Carroll is licensed to practice in Virginia only. The preceding is for information only and should not be construed as legal advice. Always call a lawyer directly for advice.