Vocational retraining benefits continued:
Wisconsin employees may get vocational retraining if sustaining a permanent disability resulting in permanent restrictions, from a scheduled or non-scheduled injury, and may be eligible for additional temporary disability benefits, as well as reimbursement of certain expenses, when they participate in a qualifying program of vocational retraining. In addition to medical bills, the primary purpose of workers' compensation is to restore an injured worker's earning capacity and vocational retraining is given a high priority. Retraining can now be ordered prospectively. Wis. Stats. Sec. 102.18(1)(b)2.
Wisconsin vocational retraining is important to workers' compensation claims, but also community colleges are key to a strong economy and a stable society. Vocational colleges or technical schools provide the necessary training for many of the jobs needed to run the economy and the education is provided at a great price.
Vocational retraining restores earning capacity in an injured worker. Workers compensation retraining benefits are intended to help the injured worker replace his earning capacity after a work-related injury. The goal of the Wisconsin workers' compensation law is to rehabilitate the injured worker. Worker's compensation benefits are not dollar for dollar wage replacement benefits. Worker's compensation temporary total disability and permanent partial disability benefits are a percentage wage loss replacement. Many injured workers use TTD and PPD benefits to get back on their feet and return to the workforce within the doctor's permanent work restrictions. For younger injured workers, the law is designed to encourage retraining.