New Hampshire and Maine Workers' Compensation Attorney
Helping Clients in Concord, Dover, Manchester and Throughout New Hampshire
The lawyers and staff in the workers' compensation law group at Shaheen
& Gordon, P.A. have experience and expertise in all aspects of workers'
compensation law practice in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.
Let Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. 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, Ed Stewart, or Fran Murphy.
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 lawyers
at Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. 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 New Hampshire
and Maine 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 lawyer
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 New Hampshire & Maine workers' compensation lawyer is always
on the alert on potential Third Party Claims and will help you maximize
your compensation by pursuing such claims.