Pre job accommodations are alterations or adjustments made to the way a job is performed, to accommodate the restrictions imposed by the job injury or occupational disease. The purpose is to make it possible for the worker to perform the essential functions of a job. The injured worker cannot have a job to successfully apply, rather they should be engaged in a job search or vocational rehabilitation plan, WAC 296-19A-010(10).
L&I in their discretion may authorize pre-job accomodtions when the following criteria are met:
Up to $5,000 is available, payable from the second injury fund. The use of job modifications does not increase the employers L&I premiums
Pre-job accommodations may be requested by the worker, vocational provider, the claims manager, or a consulting health care provider.
The request is made to the claims manager. The claims manager authorizes a consultation; usually a physical therapist, or occupational therapist, and ergonomic expert, an employer, or possibly an equipment vendor, to assess the expected work site.
The consultant generates a report, using the pre-job accommodations assistance application (F245-350-000).
In accordance with WAC 296-19A-193, the application shall include, but is not limited to:
Pre-job accommodations are designed to allow an injured worker to participate in a retraining program or otherwise become employable by providing tools, equipment, or appliances. If you qualify, use it or lose it.