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The injured should be choosers to get the rehab they need

On Behalf of | Dec 20, 2019 | Workers' Compensation |

If you experience a workplace injury in Minnesota, you’ll likely team up with a qualified rehabilitation consultant to help you get back to work. Though they can be of great service, you might benefit from choosing the best option for you instead of the first option from the insurer.

Injuries in the workplace cost over 100 million total days of productivity each year. When you’re the one counting days, you’re probably looking to get back on your feet as soon as possible. But you also want to make sure it’s done in a way that’s best for you, not the insurance company.

Picking opinions

Choosing your own QRC can be important when trying to recover from a workplace injury for many reasons:

  • Specialties: The insurance company might assign you a QRC on geography alone. They may lack expert knowledge that pertains to your field or your injury and could have trouble understanding specific needs for rehabilitation and smooth reentry into your responsibilities.
  • Timetables: QRCs that work closely with insurance companies may be looking to maintain that relationship. Even without explicit instructions, they might lean toward getting you back to work sooner, or with fewer restrictions, so the insurer is paying less overall for your coverage.
  • Connection: You’ll likely be working closely with your QRC to get back to work, so it can be crucial to have a good working relationship. Make sure they have your best interests in mind and you’re capable of operating on the same page.

Understanding the responsibilities of the QRC and how to pick the right one for you can be an essential step to getting back on the job. Make sure it happens in a way that works for you by being as selective as you need to when picking a consultant.