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Were you injured at work and don’t know what to do? Do you have an employee who was injured on the job? You may need the services of a QRC. What is a QRC you ask? A QRC or Qualified Rehabilitation Consultant is someone who provides Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Vocational what? Services to help injured workers return to wellness and return to work after a work injury.
Who are we? DCI of Minnesota is a QRC firm of seasoned QRCs with many years of experience providing services to injured workers. Some of our QRCs have Nursing backgrounds while others have Masters Degrees in Vocational Rehabilitation, and all are registered with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry to provide these services. DCI provides classic, good old fashioned, face to face, glad to meet you, rehabilitation. We take a hands-on approach to providing services, and have built strong working relationships with area employers and medical providers to help injured workers find the best resources for their recovery and return to work. This helps reduce costs and avoid unnecessary delays. We communicate with everyone in DCI’s Wheel of Rehab to keep everyone up to date and on the same page regarding what is happening with the case, with the common goal of return to wellness and ultimately return to safe, meaningful work.
The Wheel of Rehab is made up of many people who may be involved in a work injury including but not limited to the injured worker (employee), employer, work comp insurer, physicians, therapists and other medical providers, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, attorneys, and job placement specialists. A QRC is at the center of all those players to communicate and keep everyone informed about the case to keep the wheels turning and the process moving forward.
Here is how it works: When an injury occurs, the employee reports the injury to their employer. The employer in turn reports the injury to their Worker’s Compensation Insurance Company. Medical attention is sought to treat the injury. The treating physician provides the medical care needed and may refer to other providers such as therapists who can help with the recovery process. This physician will also determine when is the best time to return to work. A Rehabilitation Consultation may be requested by the insurer, the injured worker, the employer or an attorney to involve one of DCI’s QRCs. We begin by meeting with the injured employee to gather information about the work injury, as well as other important medical history, the job at the time of injury and any other work history and experience the employee may have. The QRC communicates with the people in the Wheel of Rehab to inform everyone what is happening. We continue meeting with, assisting and guiding all the parties as needed, for the duration of time it takes to treat the injury, recover from the injury and ultimately to reach the common goal of return to work whenever possible.