New Hampshire Workers’ Comp Covers All Employees.
It doesn’t matter whose fault the injury was. In most cases, employees can get Workers’ Compensation, including part-time, temporary, and immigrant workers. Undocumented workers are eligible for most types of Workers’ Compensation benefits, including payment of medical bills.
Injured Workers’ Benefits:
New Hampshire Workers’ Compensation law is designed to help people who have an accidental injury or illness suffered while working. Basic Workers’ Compensation benefits include lost wages (known as indemnity benefits), payment of medical bills, vocational rehabilitation, and supplemental income for permanent injuries or impairments.
Weekly Indemnity Benefits:
Weekly checks are paid to you in place of your check that you usually receive from your employer. They are basically your lost wages. Under the law, if you are injured and completely unable to work, you are entitled to a check from the insurance carrier in the amount of 60% of your gross average weekly wage. Generally, your average weekly wage is based on the last 26 weeks of your paychecks before your injury.
Medical, Hospital & Remedial Care:
Any medical bills you incur are automatically paid by the insurance carrier as long as they are directly related to the work place injury and are reasonable and necessary. This provision usually includes costs associated with prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, mobility devices, and reimbursement for mileage to and from the doctors’ offices.
In some cases vocational rehabilitation may also be appropriate. If your doctor has released you to return to work but you are unable to return to your prior employment, 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.
Permanent Impairment Award:
If the doctor says you have a permanent impairment, you are entitled to a certain sum of money depending upon the extent of your injury. This award is evaluated by using the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Fifth Edition
If your claim is denied, don’t give up. Our Workers’ Compensation lawyers and team have experience handling all levels of the claim process at the New Hampshire Department of Labor, Compensation Appeals Board, and the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Call today for your free consultation.