New Hampshire Workers' Compensation Attorney
Helping Clients in Concord, Dover, Manchester and Throughout New Hampshire
The attorneys and staff in the workers' compensation law group at Shaheen & Gordon have experience and expertise in all aspects of workers' compensation law practice in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. Let Shaheen & Gordon help you find your way through the maze of workers' compensation law (also commonly referred to as workers' comp). Contact Attorneys Mike Noonan, Bill Shaheen, Tim Beaupre, Ed Stewart, Fran Murphy or Lee Nyquist.
You've worked hard to make ends meet, to build a career and you're proud of the work you've done. But now that you've been hurt on the job, you're not sure where to turn for help. Your employer may be pressuring you to come back to work, and the insurance company certainly doesn't want you on its books. The only thing you want is a straight answer. In New Hampshire, when a work accident forces you to stay home because of injuries, financial insecurity is not often far away. Even though your income is less, you still need to eat and pay your bills. On top of that, you may have medical bills that make things worse yet.
What is workers' compensation?
Workers' compensation - sometimes called workman's compensation or workers' comp - is a body of laws designed to help people who can't work because of an accidental injury or illness suffered while working. The basic workers' compensation benefits include lost wages (known as indemnity benefits), payment of medical bills, vocational rehabilitation, and sometimes, payment for permanent injuries or impairments. It is important to understand that by retaining an attorney, you are not suing your employer. In fact, in New Hampshire (and most states), injured employees usually cannot sue their employer for workplace injuries. The claim is against the insurance company only.
Weekly indemnity benefits are paid to you in place of the check you usually receive from your employer. These are basically your "lost wages." Under the law, if you are totally disabled from working, you are entitled to a weekly check from the insurance carrier in the amount of 60% of your gross average weekly wage. Generally, your average weekly wage is based on your last 26 weeks of paychecks before your injury. Payment of medical bills is the other essential right of workers' compensation. Any medical bills that you incur as a result of your injury are paid by the insurance carrier as long as the medical services are directly related to the workplace injury, and are reasonable and necessary. This provision generally includes costs associated with prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines, or medical devices, and reimbursement for mileage to and from doctors' offices.
In some cases, vocational rehabilitation may also be appropriate. If after your doctor has released you to return to work, you are unable to return to your usual occupation because of your injury or illness, you may be entitled to receive help in finding a new job or occupation by way of a private vocational rehabilitation specialist, paid for by the insurance carrier.
If your doctor says that you have a permanent impairment, you are entitled to a certain sum of money depending on the extent of your injury. This lump sum award is evaluated by using the American Medical Association's Guidelines to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairments. If you are left with a permanent impairment after receiving all appropriate medical treatment, you should know exactly what you are entitled to. Don't expect the insurance company to look out for your best interests.
There are a number of other rights you may be entitled to, as well as obligations you have during the life of your workers' compensation claim. Some of these laws involve statutes of limitations, return to work, reasonable accommodations, partial disability benefits, and many more. The attorneys at Shaheen & Gordon can give you the legal advice you need to make it through your workers' compensation claim, and get what you deserve.
What can Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. do for me?
Every case is unique and may require different courses of action, but we will use our workers' compensation experience to help you get every dollar you deserve. We will work with the insurance company on your behalf so you can focus on your medical needs and taking care of your family. We don't collect an attorney fee unless we collect money for you. So call us today for a free and confidential consultation. Our team can assist you in any of the following workers' compensation areas:
Were you injured while on the job? There are many different types of accidents that you can be subject to and they can all result in very serious injuries.
Broken bones, brain and neck related injuries, spine accidents and slip and falls can all be incredibly dangerous work-related injuries that laborers may suffer from. You may be able to receive compensation!
Workers' Compensation Denial Appeals
Was your workers' compensation denied? You need to work with an attorney to get your appeal. Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. can help!
Rights of Injured Workers
If you were injured, you have rights! Make sure you work with an attorney to help you obtain your compensation.
Third Party Claims
Someone other than your employer or co-employee may have caused your work-related injury. The workers' compensation law encourages you to pursue claims against other parties who caused your injury. These personal injury claims are known as Third Party Claims. Your Shaheen & Gordon workers' compensation lawyer is always on the alert on potential Third Party Claims and will help you maximize your compensation by pursuing such claims.