The purpose of rehabilitation services in Minnesota workers’ compensation is to help injured workers return to work. Some injured workers are able to return with their former employer in a modified position. Other injuries may prevent the employee from returning to the same position with the date of injury employer and he or she may need assistance with finding employment elsewhere. And in some situations injured workers may need additional training or skills to find suitable employment. Minnesota Statute § 176.102, subdivision 1(b) governs rehabilitation services under the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act:
Rehabilitation is intended to restore the injured employee so that the employee may return to a job related to the employee’s former employment or to a job in another work area which produces an economic status as close as possible to that the employee would have enjoyed without disability.