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Basic Vermont Workers’ Compensation Legal Rights
Workers’ compensation is a benefit paid to workers who get injured on the job. The Vermont workers’ compensation system requires employers to have insurance which will pay for injured Vermonters’ medical treatment and lost wages if they are disabled more than three days. Vermont workers’ compensation law provides these benefits, depending on your injuries:
- Medical treatment and care necessary for your work injury
- Medical supplies and assistance
- TTD/ wage replacement benefits: 2/3 of usual wages if you are disabled from working
- Permanent disability benefits if your injury causes permanent impairment
- Death benefits for dependents
- Mileage reimbursement
- Vocational assistance if you are unable to return to suitable work due to your injury
We will make sure you are compensated for lost wages, medical bills, mileage, vocational rehabilitation and permanent disability. While you focus on recovering from your work place injury, let us make sure you get all the workers’ compensation benefits you need and deserve.
Do I Need A Vermont Workers’ Compensation Attorney?
You do not have to hire an attorney to pursue a workers’ compensation claim. However, many injured workers who try to handle their own claims will face complex legal and medical issues and deadlines. The benefits you are legally entitled to can be delayed or denied. The sooner you learn your legal rights, the better you will be able to recover all benefits you are legally entitled to.
You likely need a Vermont workers’ compensation attorney if:
- If your workers’ compensation benefits are being delayed.
- If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied or if any benefits have been denied.
- If you are seriously injured and believe you want counsel to help guide you through the complex medical and legal issues.
- If you believe you have a permanent injury and do not know how to get permanent impairment benefits or do not know if the permanent impairment benefits you were offered are accurate.
- If you are being asked to sign forms you do not understand or do not agree with. If you sign forms and agreements, you will be bound by them – even if you do not understand them.
- If you are not being paid TTD for time out of work due to a work related injury.
Vermont Workers’ Compensation Key Issues and Terms
- Injury: an injury is defined by the Vermont Department of Labor as “any harmful work related change in the body, whether occurring instantaneously or gradually, and includes a claimed or apparent injury or disease.” Rule 2.1240
- Accident: means “any event or mishap which is not expected or designed.” Rule 2.1100
- Aggravation: aggravation means “an acceleration or exacerbation of a pre-existing condition caused by some intervening event or events.” Rule 2.1120
- Recurrence: means the “return of symptoms after a temporary remission.” Rule 2.1312
- Medical End Result: medical end result means the point where an injured worker “has reached a substantial plateau in the medical recovery process, such that further improvement is not expected, regardless of treatment.” Rule 2.1200
- Vocational Rehabilitation: means services designed to get the injured employee back to suitable work as soon as possible. Rule 2.1385 This is done with a counselor who evaluates the injured employee’s skills and education and interest to determine a new, suitable job.
- Causation: means whether an injury arose out of and in the course of your work. Medical documentation is needed.
- Necessity of Treatment: means whether the medical care or treatment is appropriate.
If you have been injured while at work in Essex, VT, Burlington, VT, or the surrounding areas, get the specialized legal assistance you need from a team of attorneys devoted to your cause. No matter where in Essex, VT, Burlington, VT, or the nearby areas of Vermont you have been injured, we can assist you. Please contact us today for a free consultation.