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Work Injuries Are Covered by Workers’ Compensation Laws in NH

If you’ve become sick or injured at work, you may deserve benefits

Workers’ compensation provides a claim and benefit system for workers who become ill, are injured or die on the job. The lawyers at Wyskiel, Boc, Tillinghast & Bolduc, P.A. understand that a work-related injury upsets your everyday life. Workers’ compensation is a benefit system for workers who become ill or are injured, or worse, on the job. We can help you make sense of the workers’ compensation system so you can recover the benefits you are entitled to receive.

Work injuries and what happens when you are injured on the job

Most employers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts are required to carry insurance coverage for workers who are injured while performing their jobs. An injury need not be caused by a sudden accident — common workers’ comp claims are for personal injuries due to repeated physical motions. Physical conditions that are aggravated by workplace conditions may also be covered. Even psychological stress may be compensated if the stress was caused by the job.

Generally, any injury that occurs in connection with work is covered — as long as the injury happened during the course of employment. For example, you would be covered by workers’ comp while making service calls to customers, but not while going to meet friends at a bowling alley.

Common types of work injuries

Most work injuries are related to a specific accident, but an injury can also be the result of chronic conditions developed over time. During our more than 50 years of combined experience, we have seen several common types of workers’ compensation injuries, including:

  • Back injury. Injuries to the lower back and lumbar spine are common from lifting, bending and twisting. In severe cases, a back injury can lead to paralysis or other loss of function in limbs or other portions of the body.
  • Cardiac injury. Hypertension and cardiac injuries can be secondary medical conditions if you suffered a work-related injury and developed hypertension or cardiac issues as a result.
  • Repetitive stress injury. Carpal tunnel syndrome can result from repetitive activities such as typing, and back damage can result from jobs requiring daily lifting activities that lead to a repetitive stress injury.
  • Illness. When the nature of a job increases a worker’s chances of suffering an occupational illness, that illness is generally covered by workers’ compensation.
  • Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that results in widespread pain and localized tenderness. It is often attributed to traumatic events, such as accidents, surgeries or occupational illnesses.
  • Depression. Many workers develop depression after a work injury. Depression can interfere with your ability to return to any sort of gainful employment, which can impact your workers’ compensation claim.
  • Jobsite accidents. Injuries often result from vehicle accidents, equipment accidents, burns and falls from high places. In the most serious incidents, workplace fatalities occur.

Get help with your workplace injury in VT, MA or NH

When injuries happen on the job, you may not know what to do next. The knowledgeable team at Wyskiel, Boc, Tillinghast & Bolduc, P.A. can help you navigate the compensation claim process. For assistance, call us at (603) 742-5222 or contact us online to set up an appointment for a free initial consultation.