An elderly man died after a devastating New Hampshire workplace accident in April 2019. The 82-year-old construction worker became caught inside of an engine crane that was running at the time. The owner of the property in Mill Pine Village found the man and called the police.
The tragic death of this construction worker sheds light on the risk of construction accident injuries or death. If you or a loved one suffered injuries resulting from a workplace injury, you may be entitled to compensation through New Hampshire’s Worker’s Compensation Act. Contact Ward Law today to schedule your free initial consultation.
What is New Hampshire’s Workers Compensation Law?
The New Hampshire Workers’ Compensation Act allows employees to file claims for compensation for injuries suffered at work. The New Hampshire Department of Labor (DOL) administers and adjudicates workers’ compensation claims. Every employer with full-time or part-time employees must provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage to their employees.
Employees must notify their employers of their workplace injury within two years of the injury in order to claim workers’ compensation benefits. If the employee contracted a disease caused by occupational hazards, such as mesothelioma, the employee has two years from the date of discovery of the disease to file a claim.
Which Employees are Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Every New Hampshire employer who has part-time or full-time employees must take out workers’ compensation insurance. Even if the employee is a relative or a temporary employee, the employer must secure workers’ compensation insurance.
Non-profit organizations and every other business that employs people are included in the workers’ compensation requirement. New Hampshire employers are not required to carry workers’ compensation for independent contractors.
Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits
When a work accident forces a New Hampshire employee to stay home, he or she likely has a claim to compensation. Employees may be entitled to the following types of weekly payments:
- Weekly indemnity: wages in the amount of 60% percent of the employee’s previous wages
- Temporary partial disability compensation
- Compensation for hospital, remedial, and medical expenses related to the injury
- Permanent impairment award for employees who suffer a loss of use to a body part
- Cost of living adjustment in certain situations
- Vocational rehabilitation opportunities that allow the injured party to re-train
- Compensation paid weekly to surviving spouse or children of an employee who dies
Appealing the Denial of a Worker’s Compensation Claim
Both employers and employees have the right to appeal a decision made by a Department of Labor Hearing Officer to the Compensation Appeals Board. New Hampshire state procedures and rules set forth the deadlines, procedures, and requirements for filing an appeal in New Hampshire state court.
If You Have Suffered a Work-Related Injury, We can Help
At Ward Law, we understand how challenging it is to recover from a work-related injury. Filing a successful worker’s compensation claim can help you and your family significantly after an accident. Contact our Manchester personal injury law firm today to schedule your initial consultation.