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I’m attorney Paul Harding with the law firm Martin, Harding and Mazzotti – the Heavy Hitters – here in Manchester, 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

If you have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. Such benefits include medical care and/or cash to help employees with work-related injuries recover and assist their families in their time of need. If you have sustained a work-related injury, whether it be a traumatic experience or one caused by a repetitive motion or stress, be sure that you get the help you need to recover the benefits you deserve. Vermont Workers’ Compensation benefits are broken out into five basic categories:

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

Filing a claim to the Vermont Workers’ Compensation & Safety Division involves a fairly complicated process with stringent deadlines and various forms. Don’t panic in wondering whether you’re getting the money you and your family rightfully deserve; call the Workers’ Compensation lawyers of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP® to let us take care of this difficult process, and allow you to focus on recovery.

Be aware that no Workers’ Compensation benefits can be received until the employer or its insurance carrier decides the injury/illness was work-related, and a Workers’ Compensation judge must resolve any disputes. During this time, you may be entitled to receive Disability benefits. However, any and all disability benefits you receive during this time will be deducted from your Workers’ Compensation settlement, should you receive benefits.

Selecting the right Workers’ Compensation attorney can be one of the most crucial decisions you make after suffering a work-related injury or illness. Call the Manchester Heavy Hitters® today to get your free consultation at (802) 241-8050 or toll-free, anytime 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 Manchester, 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 AttorneysAre you suffering from an injury or medical condition that is expected to last for a year or longer and preventing you from work? You likely qualify for Social Security Disability benefits (SSD) from the Social Security Administration. This includes disabled children that have a physical or mental condition that is expected to last one year or longer, and seriously limits their daily activities.

To prove the nature and extent of one’s disability, verbal and written evidence are required in order to make a claim for benefits. This claim must also be filed with the federal government; if their initial determination is that one does not qualify for SSD benefits, one always has the right to appeal the decision. Let our expert Social Security Disability lawyers help you with properly filing your claim and walking you through the legal process today.

 The Social Security Disability attorneys at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP, The Heavy Hitters in Manchester, Vermont are here to assist you if you believe you or someone you care for may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Our experienced SSD legal team can be reached at our Manchester office (802) 241-8050, or toll-free, 1800LAW1010 (1-800-529-1010).


 

Work-related injuries

Workers’ Compensation benefits often include medical expenses, lost wages, and an award for the injury endured if you have been injured on the job. Was your injury the result of long term effects from your employment but wasn’t technically “on the job”? You could still have a case, contact us today!

There are several rules one must follow in order to make a proper claim. From filing it correctly, representation in court, to making sure that you are collecting all of the available Workers’ Compensation benefits, we here at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP® in Manchester, VT are devoted to protecting you or a loved one’s legal rights if you have been injured on the job.

 If you or a someone you care about has sustained a severe work-related injury, please feel free to call the Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP®, The Heavy Hitters® in Manchester, Vermont at (802) 241-8050, or toll free at 1800LAW1010® (1-800-529-1010).

 


 

Construction Accidents

Workers Compensation Lawyers Attorneys - Work-related Injuries

The legal team at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP was enthusiastic and proud to see one of the last surviving stone bridges in Vermont, located in downtown Manchester, under repair and reconstruction in September 2012. Fortunately there were no serious injuries as a result of the construction efforts, however, accidents in the workplace such as construction injuries happen all too often. Some examples of such injuries include falling off a roof, scaffolding, or because of a broken/defective ladder. Also, if you have been hurt because of falling objects from an elevated height or suffered as the result of a fall, the property owner or the general contractor may be held liable for any injured workers. For a list of laws and regulations that employers must obey, check out Vermont Labor Statutes.

Our construction accident lawyers in Manchester will gladly handle your construction accident case and answer any questions that you may have. The first step of the process is to gather all information necessary from the employer, gather any witness statements available, take relevant photographs of the scene where the incident occurred, investigate the site, as well as conduct necessary legal research, hire safety expert(s) and finally present your claim. Don’t wait; make the call to your local expert construction accident attorneys at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP in order to get the money you deserve.

 

An inexperienced legal team handling your construction accident can be a huge liability and risks your recovery; don’t let your injury be any more life changing than it already may be. The law firm of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP, The Heavy Hitters and their motivated construction accident lawyers in Manchester, VT are committed to help you or someone you care about with a construction site injury.  Call us locally at (802) 241-1010, or toll-free at 1800LAW1010® (1-800-LAW-1010).

 


 

Railroad / FELA Claims

FELA Claim Attorneys

In 1908, Congress passed the Federal Employers’ Liability Act1(FELA) in order to protect the rights of railroad workers. The enactment of the Federal Employers’ Liability Act occurred in the United States long before the passage of state Workers’ Compensation laws. This law favorably positions and protects railroaders who are injured on the job. A rail worker, under FELA, can seek compensation for injuries suffered if the injured employee can prove negligence on behalf of his employer. If an employee proves the company is liable; he or she is then entitled to compensation for a full range of related damages:

  • Past and future wage loss
  • Past and future medical expenses not covered by employer-provided insurance
  • Loss of earnings capacity
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental and emotional suffering
  • Disfigurement or scarring
  • Partial or permanent disabilities

Railroad workers who are injured often tend to receive more in compensation under FELA than the average compensation provided to other industries’ injured workers by State Worker’s Compensation. Find out whether you have a valid case by calling the FELA claim attorneys at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP®.

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

  • The railroad is a common carrier engaged in interstate commerce (the main function of the company is to offer the public the ability to carry passengers or property from place to place for compensation)
  • He/she 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 – a legal term for failure to take a reasonable amount of care

There are many careless decisions seen every day that can be considered negligent; these include, but are not limited to:

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

Every worker in the United States is entitled to a safe and hazard-free workplace. If you or a loved one has been wrongfully injured and you believe the railroad company could have prevented it, call the FELA lawyers at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP®, The Heavy Hitters®. Our Manchester, VT legal team is experienced in FELA claim litigation and is here to get you the answers and money you deserve. Call now at (802) 241-8050, or call our toll free number at 1800LAW1010® (1-800-LAW-1010).

1) FELA History