NH Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
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If you have been hurt at work, notify your supervisor immediately. You are entitled to medical care for work injuries at your employer’s expense, but to qualify for that care, you must notify your employer of your injury. If you miss more than three days because of a work injury, you also qualify for weekly wage replacement benefits. If you are hurt at work by a defective piece of equipment or the carelessness of a third party, you are still entitled to workers compensation benefits but may also qualify for additional benefits. As you recover from a work injury, your rights and responsibilities change over time. Once you are done healing, you may be eligible for a final lump sum payment to compensate you for any permanent impairment resulting from your work injury. You may also have increasing job search obligations as your medical condition improves. New Hampshire State employees are in a unique position when it comes to workers compensation. If you are unable to return to your pre-injury job, you may qualify for both workers compensation and state disability retirement benefits. Workers compensation is complicated and ever-changing. The workers compensation insurance companies count on injured workers not knowing their rights and settling for less than they are entitled to under the law. If you have been hurt at work, contact a New Hampshire Workers Compensation lawyer at Seufert Law Office today. We can help.
What is Covered by Workers’ Compensation in New Hampshire?
In New Hampshire, though most injuries are eligible for some type of workers’ compensation benefit, the exact benefits can vary depending upon the severity of your injury and the circumstances surrounding your case. The most common types of benefits paid to injured employees include the following:
- Weekly Compensation: Employees who are injured at work and are not able to return to work for more than 3 days are eligible for weekly compensation benefits. Weekly compensation paid to injured employees is based on 60% of your average weekly wage. To determine your average weekly wage, gross wages are added together for up to 52 weeks prior to your injury, then divided by the number of weeks. Your doctor must sign a form stating you are able to return to work before you can do so.
- Payment of Medical Bills: Workers’ compensation claims in New Hampshire typically pay for or reimburses the employee for all medical bills, hospital stays, remedial care, and prescriptions required due to injury.
- Temporary Alternative Duty: Employees who are approved by their doctor for light duty, but are still unable to complete their typical job duties are eligible for temporary alternative duty. Alternative Duty is an alternative job that is safer or less strenuous than the employee’s original job. Your doctor must review the job and give approval that you are able to safely complete the tasks required.
Depending on your case, there are several other workers’ compensation benefits that you may be eligible for including temporary partial disability, permanent impairment awards, and vocational rehabilitation.
Do I Need a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?
In order to claim any of the benefits provided by workers’ compensation insurance, you are required to notify your employer of the injury, seek medical attention, and file an insurance claim. The process can be long and complicated, and in some cases, insurance companies can deny your workers’ compensation claim. The laws are ever-changing and can be complicated. Insurance companies assume that you are unaware of your rights, and hope that you’ll settle for less than you are entitled to. Seufert Law will ensure that you are well equipped to take on a workers’ compensation claim and defend your rights to compensation after being injured on the job. Schedule a consultation to get started working with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer who has your best interests at heart.
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Workers’ Compensation Law FAQ
Can I Select My Own Doctor on Workers' Comp Injury?
In some cases, companies may be part of a pilot program that requires you to select a primary doctor for a Workers' Compensation injury. However, it's crucial to understand that even within such programs, your employer cannot choose the doctor for you. It is your right to select the healthcare provider that you feel is best suited to address your injuries and medical needs.
Unfortunately, there have been instances where some companies have violated this legal requirement by attempting to dictate the choice of a doctor. This is illegal, and if you find yourself in such a situation, it's important to take action.
If your employer informs you that they are making decisions about your medical care against your wishes, it's advisable to contact the New Hampshire Department of Labor. Your well-being and your choice of medical provider should be protected, and any attempts to undermine your rights in this regard should be reported.
Remember, you have the right to choose the healthcare provider who will best advocate for your interests and provide you with the medical care you need to recover from a work-related injury.
How Much Does Workers' Comp Pay in NH
Injuries on the job cost companies money. But they cost the injured worker money as well. Just paying the bills can take every dime of your paycheck. However, under the workers' compensation law, an injured employee only gets 60% of his lost wages. That might make you choose between paying the groceries and paying the rent.
Make sure you're getting all the benefits you lost. Pay should be calculated, including your prior overtime, and you can ask that your payment be averaged over the last 6 or 12 months or the higher of the two. Some insurance companies try to underpay your worker's comp benefits, but when the labor board or a lawyer calls them, they suddenly realize their mistake.