One of the benefits that is offered to injured workers in Minnesota is the assistance of a QRC or a qualified rehabilitation consultant. An injured worker has the right to choose their own QRC. Often times, if an employee does not choose one, whether they know they can or not, the workers' compensation insurance company may assign one. What I always tell my clients is that if you allow the insurance company to choose a "bad" QRC it is like having that strange uncle who comes to family functions that you can never get rid of. The same is true with a bad QRC. Only in extreme circumstances can a different QRC be put on the file. This typically requires an Order from the court. Consequently, it is important to choose the right QRC from the beginning.
Even if the QRC has been put on the file, the injured worker has 60 days to select a new QRC if they so desire. Unfortunately, the telltales of a bad QRC don't typically come to light until well beyond the 60-day period.
Who do I contact?
It is important to talk to knowledgeable people including attorneys, friends or family about whether a certain QRC is right for you. If you have questions about vocational rehabilitation services, your QRC, or your workers' compensation case, feel free to contact the State of Minnesota or the lawyers at the Law Office of Thomas D. Mottaz at 763-421-8226. We provide free consultations and can help you by providing fair and honest advice.
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You can go Compwonk.com to learn more about MN Workers' Compensation Benefits.
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