Who is entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits?
Employees who are injured on the job or hurt performing a job-related task may be eligible to collect workers' compensation benefits. Employees who suffer illnesses as a result of job-related actions may also be entitled to collect benefits in New Hampshire and Vermont.
In most cases, it does not matter if the accident occurred as a result of an action on the part of the employee – benefits are there to protect the injured worker regardless of fault. However, if the employee sustained the injuries as a result of reckless behavior or drug and alcohol use, benefits may be reduced or denied entirely.What types of injuries are considered substantial enough to receive benefits?
The New Hampshire Injury Attorneys at Cullenberg & Tensen, P.L.L.C. have helped many injured employees get benefits for a wide variety of work-related injuries and illnesses. In general, injuries that prevent a person from performing his or her job duties may qualify.The following injuries are commonly covered when caused by a work-related accident:
- Paralysis (quadriplegia or paraplegia)
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Stress disorders
- Broken bones or fractures
- Shoulder injuries
- Knee or ankle injuries
- Second or third degree burns
- Chemical burns or inhalation injuries
Do I qualify to receive Social Security Disability benefits in addition to workers' compensation?
If your doctor expects you to remain disabled over a long period of time, you may qualify to receive Social Security Disability benefits. While you may receive benefits from both programs simultaneously, your workers' compensation benefits may be reduced if the combined total exceeds the cap set by the federal government.How much will I receive as part of my workers' compensation benefits?
Workers' compensation benefits vary by state, so it is important to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer who can advise you as to the laws governing the distribution of benefits where you live. Keep in mind that once benefits are approved, they will only continue as long as you remain unable to work.
If you would like to find out more about workers' compensation benefits, please contact our Vermont and New Hampshire personal injury lawyers today to set up a benefits evaluation for free.