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Category Archives: Workers Comp Laws

Educators, Covid-19 and Workers Compensation

The new Vermont COVID-19 workers compensation law made it easier for an employee to prove a worker’s compensation claim for a COVID-19 diagnosis. How will this apply to school employees such as teachers, college professors, principals, paraeducators, custodians, cafeteria workers, guidance counselors, and school staff? In a normal workers compensation claim, the employee has to...

COVID-19 and Workers Compensation in Vermont

COVID-19 and Workers Compensation in Vermont A new law provides automatic claims for some employees diagnosed with COVID-19. Front-line workers, and non-Front-line workers who can show a documented exposure to Covid-19, are now presumed to have contracted the illness at work. The law was just passed but is retroactive back to March 1, 2020  Front-line...

How Do They Determine the Amount of My Weekly Workers Comp Check?

In Vermont, the dollar amount of your weekly workers compensation check is determined by calculating your “Average Weekly Wage” and your “Weekly Compensation Rate.” There are very specific rules that determine how these amounts are calculated. What is Average Weekly Wage? The “Average Weekly Wage” or “AWW,” is your average gross wages prior to getting...

Can I Choose What Doctor I See for My Work-Related Injury?

As a workers compensation lawyer in Vermont, my clients often ask me if they can visit their own doctor about their work related injury. Of course it’s only natural for us to want to turn to a doctor whom we know and trust. The answer, happily is YES, you can choose what doctor you see...

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Worsening of a Degenerative Condition and Workers Comp: Does It Apply to You?

Imagine that you have a preexisting condition, such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease, and it becomes worse as a result of the work you do. In legal terms, this situation is known as “degenerative aggravation” and the good news is – it’s covered by workers comp in Vermont. (Usually.) Arthritis is a common degenerative...

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How Workers Comp Works If You Have a Preexisting Condition

Many people wonder if they can still get workers compensation in Vermont if they have a preexisting condition. As a workers comp attorney, I am asked this question fairly regularly. The answer is – yes. (Usually.) The existence of a preexisting condition does not bar a workers compensation claim. Aggravation, Flare Up or Continuation? Categorizing...

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New Workers Comp Law Helps With Psych Claims & PTSD

A new workers compensation law in Vermont makes it easier for police officers, rescue workers, ambulance workers and firefighters to bring claims for work-related post-traumatic stress disorder. The same law also makes it easier for employees in traditionally high-stress jobs to bring workers compensation claims related to mental health. Workers Comp in Vermont: Psychological Claims...

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