QRC Information | Qualified Rehabilitation Consultant

How your choice of a QRC can effect the outcome of your Workers' Compensation claim

When you are injured at work, the road to recovery can be a long and trying process. Often vocational rehabilitation services are provided in Workers Compensation claims is by a QRC, or Qualified Rehabilitation Consultant. The job of a QRC is to work with the injured worker to assist in getting them back to work, either in their original position, or a new position if their injury keeps them from being able to perform their former job-related duties. If no work is available with the date of injury Employer, job placement with a new employer may be necessary.

A QRC is either chosen by the injured worker, or the workers' compensation insurance company. It's important to understand that the QRC you choose can have a drastic effect on the outcome of your workers compensation claim. If you do not choose your own QRC, the insurance company will assign one who is often biased in favor of the Insurer. Potential problems arise when that QRC assigned by the insurance company is acting in the insurance company's best economic interests.

You have 60 days to select a new QRC from the date you accepted the Insurer’s assigned QRC. A few indicators that you may need to find a new QRC:

  • You feel like the QRC is minimizing your injuries
  • Your QRC is lobbying your doctor for a premature return to work.
  • Your QRC is lobbying your doctor to lessen or remove your restrictions.
Most significant work-related injuries result in the injured worker having a temporary or permanent work restriction, for example, lifting, carrying, reaching, standing. For the severely injured worker who is unable to return to his/her original job or date of injury employer, the QRC's role is to explore alternative job placement options and even design a retraining plan, if necessary, to assist the injured in a return to work at or near the date of injury wage.

It's important for anyone who is filing a workers' compensation claim to understand is that your QRC can have a major impact on how your case turns out. It is also important to understand that you are allowed to select your own QRC. Krug & Zupke can help you select a fair and neutral vocational counselor.

If you have questions about your QRC, or about Minnesota Workers' Compensation in general, do not hesitate to contact the law office of Krug & Zupke at 651.645-7746. We offer a free initial consultation, about your work comp claim to ensure that you are receiving fair compensation for your injuries.

 

   
   
The Saint Paul Law Office of Krug & Zupke, P.C. helps injured workers file workers' compensation claims under Minnesota workers compensation law. We work with injured nurses, factory workers, truckers and office staff throughout the Twin Cities in Oakdale, White Bear Lake, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Maplewood, Bloomington and throughout the greater MinnesotaTwin Cities Metro.
   
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