The phrase “industrial accident” usually calls to mind catastrophic events and great losses. For instance, the explosion at the Texas City Refinery in 2005 killed 15 people and left more than 170 other critically injured. In 1991, 25 people died and 54 people were injured when the fire doors wouldn’t unlock during a fire at the Hamlet chicken processing plant. While these horrible accidents occurred years apart and miles from one another, they have one thing in common – in both incidents, reports found numerous problems with equipment, issues with inspections, and unsafe conditions on the job sites.
The law requires employers to maintain safe working conditions in order to avoid tragic accidents, deaths, and injuries in the workplace. In the case of an employee being injured on the job, employers are legally responsible for at least partially compensating employees for time missed and medical costs.
For years, the Concord workers' compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss have successfully represented workers' compensation claims in New Hampshire and Vermont, and have aggressively pursued and won jury awards for our clients. Our experience with clients has shown that workers' compensation benefits and insurance claims and benefits rarely cover all the losses and damages incurred in an industrial accident, no matter how large or small. Our legal team knows the tactics necessary to prove negligence on the part of an employer in a court of law. For a free consultation, please call (866) 933-6115 today.
Understanding Workers' Compensation Law
At Van Dorn & Curtiss, we know the law. We have the experience and the savvy to read between the lines. For instance, employees in Vermont (as well as other states) can be denied worker’s compensation if an earlier injury “could be confused with the worker’s compensation claim," and employees in New Hampshire can recover up to 60% of their average weekly wage.
Types of Workplace Injuries for Which Workers' Compensation Might Be Available
Workplace accidents, especially those taking place near dangerous chemicals and industrial machinery, are usually serious and result in serious injuries such as
- Brain damage
- Severe burns
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss
- In the worst cases, death
Critical injuries cause a decline in a victim's quality of life. Very often people are left so incapacitated by the accident that they can no longer perform their jobs. Permanent disabilities lead to loss of income, huge medical costs, insurance issues, and pain and suffering. 60% of a weekly wage won’t cover those kinds of losses, yet the worker’s compensation brochures from the departments of labor in both Vermont and New Hampshire do not emphasize a need to have quality and aggressive legal representation for serious worker’s compensation claims stemming from industrial accidents.
The legal team at the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss refuses to let our clients settle for unfair settlements that do not fully compensate for damages caused by negligent employers, serious accidents and critical injuries. We will fight for the compensation that you are owed. Please contact us online or call (866) 933-6115 today for a free consultation. You don't pay us unless we recover damages on your behalf.