What are TTD Benefits?

An earlier version of this post was published on February 4, 2015. When you’re injured at work in Vermont, the law entitles you to a number of different workers’ compensation benefits depending on your injury and how well you recover from it. Your Vermont workers’ comp benefits may include “indemnity” benefits like temporary and permanent… Read more »

Do I need a Vermont workers comp lawyer?

An earlier version of this post was published on February 24, 2014. A very common question for Vermonters who’ve been injured at work is whether they need a lawyer.  I’ve talked to several people who say “if someone needs an attorney for their workers comp claim, it must be really bad.”  The truth is, a Vermont workers… Read more »

When should I hire a Vermont workers’ comp lawyer?

A lot of people with a Vermont work injury assume they can handle their workers’ compensation claim themselves, and that they don’t need a Vermont workers’ comp lawyer.  As I discussed in a previous post, it’s certainly true that there are workers’ compensation claims in which you might not need a lawyer.  If you are going… Read more »

Can I leave my job while receiving workers’ comp?

One question I’m occasionally asked by current and potential clients is what happens if they leave their job while receiving Vermont workers’ comp benefits.  Although it’s unlikely that your medical benefits will be terminated if you leave your job, whether your TTD benefits are affected depends on why your employment ended. If you have recovered well… Read more »

Am I entitled to permanent total disability benefits in Vermont?

Most people with a Vermont workers’ comp claim eventually recover from their injuries and return to work, but those who do not may be entitled to permanent total disability (“PTD”) benefits.  The question, however, is when you know if you are permanently and totally disabled, and how you prove it to your employer’s insurance carrier and… Read more »

Should I settle my Vermont workers’ comp claim?

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, at some point in time your employer’s insurance carrier may offer to settle your Vermont workers’ comp claim.  While this occasionally happens in situations in which your claim has been denied — such as at mediation prior to a formal hearing — it is more likely to happen when your claim… Read more »

How can I mess up my Vermont workers’ compensation claim?

Throughout the life of an accepted Vermont workers’ compensation claim, the insurance carrier will be looking for ways to cease paying workers’ comp benefits to you, the injured employee.  Sometimes, the insurer simply wants to get you to maximum medical improvement and back to work as quickly as possible, so it can stop paying you… Read more »

What is an Independent Medical Examination?

As an injured employee progresses through his or her Vermont workers’ compensation claim, it is not at all uncommon for the insurance company or their attorney to schedule you for an Independent Medical Examination (a.k.a. an “IME”).  If you’ve never had a workers’ comp injury or filed a lawsuit for other injuries, you’ve probably never… Read more »

What does the workers’ compensation process entail?

After you experience a Vermont work injury, the workers’ compensation process can vary significantly depending on the nature of your injury and the insurance company’s response (i.e. whether it agrees your injury happened at work).  If your work injury is not simply accepted and paid for by the insurance company from start to finish, you… Read more »

Will a preexisting condition impact my Vermont workers comp claim?

Many Vermonters who have experienced a work injury wonder whether a “preexisting condition” will prevent them from receiving Vermont workers comp benefits, even though their new work injury worsened their symptoms. As with many questions you can ask a lawyer, the best answer is “it depends.”  Fortunately, however, the mere fact that you may have… Read more »