The Law Offices of Stephen C. Brown & Associates
Free Consultations
603-841-3080

Workers' Compensation pays for work-related injury or death

Most New Hampshire workers who are injured or killed on the job are entitled to be compensated for their losses. The employer, by law, must have such insurance to cover benefits to employees who suffer injury or death while performing their job duties. Workers' compensation generally covers a percentage of a disabled worker's lost wages and pays his or her medical expenses, including expenses for rehabilitation therapy.

On occasion, an insurance carrier for the employer will refuse to compensate a worker who was injured and who is not able to work. This sometimes involves conflicting medical opinions with the worker's physician keeping the worker out of work and the employer's physician claiming that the employee is able to work. In such situations, the worker will likely need the services of a workers' compensation attorney to represent him or her in a workers' compensation hearing before a judicial officer.

When the worker is killed in a workplace accident, the insurer must pay specified death benefits for the funeral and burial, along with medical expenses. In addition, the immediate family is entitled to weekly or monthly benefits for lost wages. In a recent accident in another state, a 23-year-old man died in a work accident at Agri-Science Technology Co. when he was reportedly overcome with fumes.

The man was a recent newlywed, and he and his wife were expecting a baby. The lost wages benefits will be paid to the spouse for the specified period under the state's workers' compensation law. Generally, a death claim will not be disputed unless there is a question of whether there was really a workplace accident. On occasion, an insurer will negotiate a lump-sum settlement with the family of a deceased worker. In New Hampshire and other states, the procedure for settling such a claim is strictly regulated, and the recovery will be maximized by using the services of a workers' compensation attorney.

Source: mlive.com, "'So much to live for:' Soon-to-be father, 23, dies in workplace accident", John Agar, July 29, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Serious Law for Everyday People We’re here to help. Serving the community since 1991.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

direction-icon

Rochester Office
21 South Main Street
Rochester, NH 03867

Phone: 603-841-3080
Fax: 603-330-3476
Rochester Law Office Map

Laconia Office
16 Academy Street
Laconia, NH 03246

Map & Directions

Back to Top