What is a QRC?
A Qualified Rehabilitation Consultant or a “QRC” provides independent, vocational rehabilitation services to injured workers in Minnesota who are receiving workers’ compensation benefits. They are professionals who must be registered with the Department of Labor and Industry and serve a one-year internship.
Am I entitled to a QRC?
If you are injured at work you have the right to request a consultation with a QRC at any time. The QRC will then determine if you are a “qualified employee,” and thus, entitled to the assistance of a QRC.
A qualified employee is:
“an employee who, because of the effects of a work-related injury or disease, whether or not combined with the effects of a prior injury or disability:
A. is permanently precluded or is likely to be permanently precluded from engaging in the employee’s usual and customary occupation or from engaging in the job the employee held at the time of injury;
B. cannot reasonably be expected to return to suitable gainful employment with the date-of injury employer; and
C. can reasonably be expected to return to suitable gainful employment through the provision of rehabilitation services, considering the treating physician’s opinion of the employee’s work ability.”