Social Security Benefits

Generally, all states provide a measure of rehabilitation for an injured worker though the expansiveness of such provision can vary greatly among them. Although rehabilitation is generally covered, the system for providing the injured worker with such services has been hampered by a lack of rehabilitative sources such as clinics and appropriate numbers of personnel to provide the necessary care.

Rehabilitation is normally only extended to restoring the worker's person to a state of well being; sometimes, though, vocational rehabilitation services may be provided. Before rehabilitation services will be covered by workers' compensation, the injured worker must be found eligible based on the criterion of "necessity." If the worker is already too highly qualified or, on the other hand, unable to be trained, eligibility may be denied.

The rehabilitation of an individual includes providing him with the necessary medical apparatus pertinent to his injury. For example, a prosthetic device for a worker who loses his leg in an industrial accident would be covered. Additionally, some states include an allowance to the worker while he undergoes rehabilitation efforts in addition to covering expenditures associated with travel necessary for obtaining rehabilitation services.