If you have been injured on the job and are seeking Workers Compensation in Vermont, it is important for you to know your rights within Vermont state law. It is also important to hire an attorney who is experienced in workplace compensation and can make sure you receive all the benefits you are eligible for.
Construction site accidents can be devastating. A worker might fall from high scaffolding, or experience burns or electrocution or injury from high powered construction equipment. Such injuries could affect a worker’s ability to return to the job or even to remain fit for any type of employment.
If you have been injured in a construction accident, you may be eligible under Vermont law for such benefits as replacement of lost wages, a weekly wage benefit, reimbursement or coverage of medical care, and job retraining or other vocational training as needed.
Farm injuries are common and may be caused by unsafe working conditions and poorly maintained equipment. Moreover, farm workers may be taken advantage of by unscrupulous employers or insurance companies.
If you are an injured farm worker, it is important for you to be aware that Workers Compensation in Vermont will typically cover work-related injuries whether they are accidental or due to negligence on the part of the employer.
Regardless of your place of employment, you may be eligible for workers compensation benefits if you suffer any type of injury at work, no matter if the injury was accidental or the fault of the employer.
What should you do if you are injured at work? First of all, you must report the injury to your supervisor. Then you should fill out the following two forms, which are available on the Vermont Department of Labor website: Form 1 – “Employer First Report of Injury” and Form 5 – “Employee’s Notice of Injury and Claim for Compensation.
As an injured worker, you could receive medical care, disability (temporary or permanent), vocational rehabilitation and death benefits. Again, be aware that these benefits may be available to you even if the accident was not the employer’s fault.
If you are seeking legal representation in a worker’s compensation case, McVeigh Skiff LLP is a firm that focuses on Workers Compensation in Vermont.