Workers' Compensation Benefits
The Vermont Workers' Compensation benefits available may vary depending on the severity of your injury and how the injury affects your ability to work. There are five general categories of workers' compensation benefits, each explained in more detail below. It is important that you speak with an experienced workers' compensation attorney to find out what benefits you may be entitled to receive for your work injury.
Reasonable and necessary medical services and supplies for your work injury should be paid by your employer's workers' compensation policy. In addition to hospital and doctors' office visits, this category of workers' compensation benefits may also cover physical therapy, chiropractor visits, and psychological counseling if they are necessary to treat your work injury.
Temporary Disability Benefits
You may also recover for lost wages that result from an inability to work as a result of your injury. This category of workers' compensation benefits is divided into two types of compensation for lost work: Total Disability and Partial Disability.
Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits. If you are unable to return to work for 4 days or more due to your work injury, then you may be eligible for TTD benefits. TTD benefits are intended to compensate you for your lost wages and are approximately two-thirds of your full time pay. If you have dependent children, you may also receive an additional $10 a week for each child.
Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) benefits. If your treating doctor determines that you may return to work on a part-time basis, or with light work restrictions, then you may be eligible for TPD benefits. Similar to TTD benefits, TPD benefits are intended to compensate you for the difference between your full-time wages and your part-time wages. TPD benefits are approximately two-thirds of the difference between your full-time and part-time pay.
Permanent Impairment Benefits
The workers' compensation benefits may also provide you payments for any permanent impairment you suffer as a result of your work injury. These benefits are determined using a schedule provided by statute to calculate the amount of payment. You may receive periodic payments or elect to have a lump sum payment by filing a request with the Workers' Compensation and Safety Division.
Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits
If as a result of your work injury, you are unable to return to work for which you have previous training or experience, you may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation services. This category of workers' compensation benefits includes such services as job training, job placement, and/or on the job training to help you return to work.
A worker's spouse or family members may be entitled to benefits if that worker dies as a result of a work injury. If you have lost a spouse or family member it is important to speak with an experienced workers' compensation attorney today to find out more about what the law provides.
The workers' compensation benefits that you may be entitled to can vary from case to case. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can advocate on your behalf to make sure that you receive the full compensation you are entitled to under the law. To ensure that a fair claim is approved, we can assist you with gathering all the documentation necessary to file a strong case. Our workers' compensation attorneys can identify witnesses and prepare affidavits that will strengthen your claim. If a dispute arises or if benefits are denied, we can help with the dispute resolution process.
Schedule A Consultation To Discuss Your Injuries
Workers do not have to navigate the workers' compensation system alone. Contact our Burlington workers' compensation attorneys via email or call 802-448-2518 to schedule a consultation.
Kirkpatrick & Goldsborough is located in South Burlington. We represent clients throughout northwest Vermont.
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