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I’m attorney Paul Harding with the law firm Martin, Harding and Mazzotti – the Heavy Hitters – here in Burlington, Vermont. Workers’ Compensation is a state-mandated insurance program that provides compensation to employees who suffer job-related injuries and illnesses.

Each state has its own laws and programs for workers’ comp and often times they can be confusing. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and frustrated. If you’ve become ill or injured at work you’re likely to have a lot of questions:

How will my bills get paid?
Will I get the proper medical treatment?
Are my rights being protected?

The best way to address any questions about a workers’ comp claim is to consult with an experienced, trusted attorney. In fact, there is no good reason not to consult a lawyer when dealing with the complexities of workers’ compensation.

Our team at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti has been representing people like you in their workers’ comp cases since 1994.

Call today for a free case evaluation.

If you’ve been hurt at work or have questions regarding your workers’ compensation claim, call us now at 1800LAW1010 or visit our website to chat 24/7.

We’re Martin, Harding and Mazzotti – the Heavy Hitters and we look forward to helping you get the benefits you deserve.

Visit our chat feature here on the website 24/7 or call us now at 1800LAW1010 for a free, no obligation case evaluation.


 

Workers’ Compensation Claims

Workers’ Compensation provides the support and medical benefits an employee needs after being injured on the job as the result of an accident or occupational disease. Each state design’s a system that they feel best compensates and protects employees who suffer a personal injury at work. Workers’ Compensation benefits cover both traumatic injuries (usually caused by a sudden event) and gradual injuries (caused by repetitive motion or stress). Almost every employer in Vermont secures coverage by purchasing insurance, as stated in the Workers’ Compensation laws.

This offers five basic categories of benefits:

  • Medical
  • Temporary Disability
  • Permanency
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Death Benefits

Submitting a claim to Vermont’s Workers’ Compensation System involves a fairly complicated process with strict deadlines. Reduce your stress and contact the Burlington Workers’ Compensation lawyers of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP® to get your free case consultation today.

An injured worker will not receive any Workers’ Compensation benefits until the insurance carrier or employer agrees that the injury or illness was in-fact, work-related. Should a dispute arise, a workers’ compensation judge decides the final outcome.  No money will be paid out beforehand unless one claims Disability benefits during that time. However, if disability benefits are collected, these will be deducted from the workers’ compensation benefits total, once an agreement is made.

One of the most vital decisions you can make after suffering a work-related injury is selecting the correct workers’ compensation attorney for you. Call Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP® today for your free consultation.

Injured on the job? Don’t wait! There are firm timetables for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Let our highly trained Burlington Workers’ Compensation attorneys assist you in your case. The Heavy Hitters® are an experienced team dedicated to making a difference and protecting the rights of those that have been wrongfully injured. Contact our Burlington, VT office today at (802) 505-2000 or toll-free, 24/7 at 1800LAW1010® (1-800-529-1010).

 


Social Security Disability

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I’m attorney Paul Harding with the law firm Martin, Harding and Mazzotti – the Heavy Hitters – here in Burlington, Vermont. Social security disability claims can be complex and time consuming.

Sometimes a simple misinterpretation of procedure can result in denial of benefits.

Many attorneys will not help you with a disability claim unless you’ve already been denied.

That’s not us.

The experienced team at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti is here to help from start to finish. We take the time to understand your unique situation.

We can help you work through the process, fill out the paperwork and get your claim started. In many cases a disability claim will be denied with the first application, but hope is not lost. If you’re just applying for disability or you’ve already been denied…

We will defend your right to get the benefits you deserve.

To speak with lawyer you can trust, visit our website to chat 24/7 or call us now at 1800LAW1010 for a free, no obligation case evaluation.

We’re Martin, Harding and Mazzotti – the Heavy Hitters and we look forward to helping you get the benefits you deserve.

Visit our chat feature here on the website 24/7 or call us now at 1800LAW1010 for a free, no obligation case evaluation.

Social Security Lawyers AttorneysAccording to the Social Security Administration, if you have an injury or medical condition that is expected to last for 1 year or longer and is preventing you from work, you are likely to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Disabled children are also eligible for such SSD benefits if they have a physical or mental condition that is seriously limiting their activities and is expected to last at least a year. 
Verbal and written evidence that proves the nature and extent of your disability are required to make a claim for benefits, which must also be filed with the federal government. If you have received word from the government that they found you to be unqualified for Social Security benefits, you have the right to appeal that decision. Contact our knowledgeable team of Social Security lawyers today to learn more.

 The Burlington, VT Social Security Disability lawyers of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP®, The Heavy Hitters® are here to help if you believe that you may qualify for SSD benefits. Call our Vermont office directly at (802) 505-2000, or call us toll free at 1800LAW1010® (1-800-529-1010).


 

Work-related injuries

If you have been injured on the job, you are likely to be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. These benefits may include coverage for medical expenses and lost wages, as well as an award for the injury endured. Even if your injury was the result of long term effects from your employment, you may still have a case.

When making a claim, one must follow several complex rules for Workers’ Compensation benefits. Here at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP® in Burlington, VT, our personal injury lawyers put every effort into helping you file a claim, represent you on behalf of the claim, and help you collect the Workers’ Compensation benefits that you are entitled to receive.

 Have you or someone you love sustained a severe work-related injury? Don’t hesitate to call the personal injury lawyers of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP® in Burlington at (802) 505-2000, or call us toll free at 1800LAW1010® (1-800-529-1010).

 


 

Construction Accidents

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It’s always nice to see construction companies hard at work throughout a city. Whether they’re renovating older property or building additional houses and businesses, their work brings value to the community. Unfortunately, regardless of the type of project, construction workers are not immune to accidents in the workplace. A few of the most common construction accidents that occur on sites involve workers being injured by falling off a roof, scaffolding, or because of a broken or defective ladder. 

Did you know that under current Vermont law, the property owner and/or general contractor can be held liable for workers that have been hurt by falling objects from an elevated height, or for injuries that are suffered as a result of a fall?

The accident lawyers at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP will take care of your construction injury case and answer any questions that you may have. Our team of construction accident attorneys gathers any and all relevant information, through the following methods:

 

  • Collecting witness statements
  • Taking relevant photographs of the accident scene
  • Investigating the construction site
  • Conducting the necessary legal research
  • Hiring safety experts

We will work with your employer if needed to gather the above information and present your claim in the proper court of law. Stop worrying about whether you’re getting the money you deserve and make a call to our local Burlington, VT office.

 Construction accident injuries are often times life changing; don’t make the mistake of letting your case be handled by anyone but an experienced construction lawyer. The Burlington construction accident attorneys at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP, The Heavy Hitters, are here to help if you or someone you know has been injured on a construction site. Call us locally at (802) 505-2000, or toll free at 1800LAW1010 (1-800-529-1010).

 


 

Railroad / FELA Claims

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Have you been injured while working on a railroad? Are you aware that if you file a claim under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act1(FELA), you may be entitled to compensation above and beyond that of which Workers’ Compensation benefits may cover? 

In 1908, Congress passed FELA as a way for railroad workers who have been injured on the job, but may not be covered by Workers’ Compensation Laws, to collect for their injuries. Because of this, there are some major differences between the two laws. For instance, unlike Workers’ Compensation laws, FELA requires the injured railroader to prove that the railroad was “legally negligent” in causing the injury.

Contact our FELA claim lawyers to get a better understanding of your rights by calling us today. After proving such negligence, the injured railroader can collect full compensation, which includes payment for lost wages, medical and rehabilitation expenses, and for pain and suffering. Since FELA allows a railroad worker to make a claim for damages above and beyond that of which New York State Workers’ Compensation Laws offer, the railroad worker may receive a greater amount of compensation than a non-worker would through the State Worker’s Compensation benefits. 

FELA only covers those railroads that function as a common carrier. A common carrier can be defined as a person who operates a railroad as a means of carrying for the public (i.e. one who engages in the business of transportation of persons or property from place to place for compensation, offering services to the general public). 

One who seeks to recover damages under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act must first establish these four elements:

  • The railroad is a common carrier engaged in interstate commerce
  • The injured party was employed by the railroad and assigned to perform duties which furthered the railroad’s interest
  • Demonstrate that harm was sustained while he/she was employed by the common carrier
  • Prove that the harm experienced was a result from the railroad’s negligence

The railroad’s negligence also includes the negligence of other railroad employees, as long as their bad decisions were made as part of their jobs. Any careless decision could be considered negligent, including:

  • Failure to provide safety equipment
  • Bad decisions or inattention by other railroad employees
  • Poor maintenance of trains, rails or other equipment
  • Failure to prevent chronic repetitive stress injuries
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals or other dangerous substances

If you or a loved one was hurt at work on the railways and you believe the railroad could have prevented it with more care, the FELA attorneys at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP® can help. 
To protect your right to full compensation for all of your injuries, please call the law firm of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP®, The Heavy Hitters® in Burlington, VT at (802) 505-2000, or call us toll-free, 24/7 at 1800LAW1010® (1-800-529-1010).

1) FELA History