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Workers' compensation benefits cover serious worker injuries

Falls on construction sites are a major source of worker injuries in New Hampshire. Whenever a construction worker or other employee is injured while at work, state law mandates that the medical expenses and partial lost wages be paid to the worker for as long as he/she remains disabled. The laws governing such matters are the state's workers' compensation laws.

Safety consciousness may reduce workers' compensation disputes

Due to the high incidence of workplace injuries in New Hampshire and nationally, workers must try to take their own protective measures whenever possible. This is especially true where an employer does not focus on safety-conscious practices due to negligence or intentional cost-cutting measures. When a work-related accident does occur, it is compensated through the workers' compensation insurance system, which is sometimes subject to abuse by employers and insurers.

Workers' compensation and 3rd-party claim may follow truck crash

Drivers of dump trucks and other big rigs face many risks on the roads, particularly in mountainous states like New Hampshire. They have to rely not only on their skills as competent drivers but also on the skills of the mechanics that are responsible for maintenance of brakes and other engine parts. If negligence during maintenance of the vehicle causes a malfunction that leads to an accident, the injured victims -- or families of deceased accident victims -- may have more than a workers' compensation claim.

Workers' compensation covers loss of limb in workplace accident

In New Hampshire and other states, when a worker loses a limb in a workplace accident it usually happens under violently traumatic and painful circumstances. Such accidents often involve machinery that is not well adapted to the safety needs of the particular job. One common type of crush injury comes from mishaps involving forklifts and front-end loaders. In the aftermath of such a horrendous trauma to the worker, he or she will be compensated with the full array of workers' compensation benefits.

Workers' compensation claim depends on quick, accurate reporting

The date for employers in New Hampshire and elsewhere to become ready to electronically report injury data has been put off until Dec. 1, 2017. The federal requirement of employer reporting of worker injuries in an electronic format is mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA first scheduled the regulation to be effective on July 1, but it recently extended the date. While the federal regulations are important in the long run, local workers must remember to report their work-related injuries and illnesses or suffer a denial of workers' compensation benefits. 

Workers' compensation claims from teens prevalent in summer

Summer is here, and many teenagers in New Hampshire and across the country cannot wait to get into their summertime jobs. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says thousands of workers under the age of 18 file workers' compensation benefits claims every year, and most injuries result from the lack of safety training. Inadequate supervision and working on unsafe equipment also cause many injuries.

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.

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