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Can a Vocational Counselor hurt your workers comp case?

Posted on Jan 07, 2014

In theory vocational rehabilitation is a good idea.  It's supposed to return an injured worker to suitable employment at or near his pre-injury wages - that's the law in D.C.

But many times its a game used by insurance adjusters (and vocational counselors who get paid by them) to stop, delay and deny benefits.  Some of these "counselors" only "job" is to try to get an injured worker's benefits stopped because they didn't comply with the "counselor."

Here are 3 things to watch out for that could mean a voc counselor is setting you up...

1.  Getting too friendly, personal, schmoozy with you.  There is no need for it.  Its unprofessional.  Some do this so you will trust them, but remember, everything you discuss gets repeated to the insurance company.  Everything.

2.  Not telling you what you could do better or giving you any positive feedback.  Instead, some will just criticize you and document any shortcomings they find - in your education, work history, demeanor, speaking ability, writing ability, dress, etc. and use it against you.

3.  Wasting your time with stupid requests.  Things like showing up in person at places you've submitted applications.  No one does that.  No employer appreciates unannounced visits - they are unprofessional.  All you will get is a call from security.

There are tons of tricks, traps, lies, half truths and deception some vocational counselors use.  These are just 3 examples I've seen in the last month!

I've also seen good vocational counselors as well, but they seem to be few and far between these days.  Don't let one of them burn you and get your benefits stopped.  But get the information before you need it - before its too late.