Getting Maximum Benefits For Those Injured At Work
Have you suffered an injury at work? You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to help cover the medical costs and other expenses as a result of your injury.
At Elmore Law Office in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, we help people who have been injured in workplace accidents. We offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your work injury claim and explain your rights.
What Benefits Am I Entitled To Receive?
As an injured worker, you are entitled to the following benefits if you are injured in a workplace accident or suffer from an occupational illness:
- A weekly check during your disability
- Medical treatment and prescription drugs for as long as you need them
- A second opinion if you do not agree with the workers’ compensation doctor’s diagnosis
- Vocational rehabilitation services or alternative work opportunities if you can’t return to your old job
- Reinstatement once you have recuperated from your injury
- Lump-sum settlement for any percentage of impairment that remains after you reach maximum medical improvement
Can I Sue My Employer?
While you cannot sue your employer or anyone who works for your employer, you can file a personal injury suit against any third party who is responsible for your workplace injury. For example, if you are injured in a car accident that occurs while you are working, you may have two injury claims:
- A workers’ compensation claim with your employer
- A personal injury claim against the driver of the other car
Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation Claims
When you are injured at work, it can be overwhelming to try and figure out what to do next. We are happy to discuss your case and evaluate your next steps. In the meantime, please see some answers to our most frequently asked questions.
What should I do if I’m injured in my workplace?
If you are injured at work, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Medical records documenting your injury are vital aspects of your claim. The next step is to tell your employer as soon as you can. If you wait too long, you could miss out on filing for workers’ compensation benefits. Finally, contact an experienced attorney to discuss your case.
Does workers’ compensation cover repetitive stress injuries?
Yes. Any injury you suffer while at work or because of a work-related activity is eligible for compensation if you can demonstrate that the work-related activity caused the injury. New Hampshire and Massachusetts workers’ compensation laws cover repetitive stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome.
What are some of the most common causes of work injuries?
Work injuries can happen in any industry, from warehouse workers to nurses. We often see clients who have injuries from overexertion, falls, fires and injuries related to heavy machinery.
Can I go back to my job after I’ve recovered?
This is a common question and concern our clients have. You absolutely can go back to work after your recovery. The primary purpose of a workers’ compensation claim isn’t to get your employer in trouble but to take the employer out of the picture and focus on recovering from an insurance company for damages.