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Workers' compensation is payable for all work-related injuries

When a worker is seriously injured at work, he or she is generally covered by workers' compensation benefits under New Hampshire law and the law of all other states. Under the New Hampshire workers' compensation laws, workers' compensation generally provides the exclusive remedy for the employee to collect benefits. The benefits generally include medical expenses and the costs of rehabilitation. Wage loss benefits are also payable while the employee remains disabled and unable to work as a result of the work-related accident.

Employer must allow reporting for workers' compensation claim

Under New Hampshire and federal law, workers have an absolute right, and even a duty, to report every workplace accident and injury as they occur. An employer who does not cooperate in that reporting process may be exposed to tort litigation and to penalties from both state and federal authorities. An employer also cannot obstruct a worker from trying to collect lawfully available workers' compensation benefits without risking legal action and penalties.

Workers' compensation claims may benefit from new OSHA rules

Dec. 1 marks the beginning of the enforcement of a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration policy for employer-mandated drug testing of employees. These will apply to many employers in New Hampshire. Other rules go into effect at that time, including anti-retaliation and anti-discrimination rules. The impact, if any, of the new rules on the employee's right to collect workers' compensation benefits will be revealed by future experience with the rules. 

Consult a workers' compensation attorney to prove a concussion

It may be that more people are suffering concussions these days, judging from the increased news coverage that these injuries are now receiving, particularly in sports injuries. However, concussions -- i.e., traumatic brain injuries -- are probably being noticed more today than in the past, simply due to our increased communications technology and a growing body of more precise scientific evidence. There has been an increase, for example, of concussions reported at work, thus making them a growing topic in the legal practice of workers' compensation law both here in New Hampshire and nationwide.

Workers' compensation supports deceased man's family

In New Hampshire, workplace mishaps often affect more people than just the injured employee. Co-workers may also be distressed when they witness an accident or discover a wounded colleague. Of course, the spouses of injured workers may find themselves in the role of caretaker, relying on workers' compensation for support during a prolonged recovery. However, the impact felt by all of these people rises to a different level when an injury on the job takes the life of a worker. 

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.

Workers' compensation is payable to the family in a death case

When a worker suffers a workplace injury, he or she is generally covered by workers' compensation. Under the workers' compensation laws in New Hampshire and elsewhere, the worker's remedy of collecting wage benefits and medical expenses for a disabling injury under those laws is the exclusive way to collect from the employer. If third parties other than the employer were negligent in causing severe injury or death to the worker, even if it happened at work, a claim may be made against the third-party wrongdoer for traditional personal injury damages.

Workers' compensation benefits are paid regardless of fault

The federal agency that monitors the American workplace, including in New Hampshire, is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency requires that employers follow numerous safety measures, including one that requires giving all workers personal protection equipment (PPE) that is suitable for a particular danger. This kind of protection can prevent some workplace accidents and thus reduce workers' compensation claims to some extent.

Workers' compensation benefits apply to all work injuries

Burn and shock injuries from working on high-voltage wiring is a fairly common phenomenon in New Hampshire and other states. When a worker suffers an injury of that nature, or any other work-related injury, any disability that is caused by the accident is compensable through workers' compensation benefits. Workers' compensation is the employee's first source for collecting compensation and for health care expenses incurred in his or her treatment and rehabilitation.

Workers' compensation: Why are scissor lifts so dangerous?

Scissor lifts are used in construction, manufacturing, entertainment, retail, warehousing and other industries in New Hampshire and elsewhere. While it offers a safe platform for workers to perform tasks at heights or to move heavy materials, a scissor lift can be a deadly piece of equipment if it is not used in strict compliance with the instructions of the manufacturer. Furthermore, company owners have to follow federal safety regulations to prevent workers' injuries that can lead to workers' compensation claims.

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