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Workers’ compensation laws change under union pressure

| Oct 19, 2018 | Workers' Compensation |

Workers’ compensation has become a sacred trust for thousands of workers who sacrifice their health for a job well-done. From an early start as laws guaranteeing workers’ rights to sue employers, the federal and state requirements for workers’ compensation are nearly automatic in the case of a serious injury on the worksite.

Many injured people and their families find their own money disappearing while they recover from a workplace injury. The difference between workers’ compensation coverage and expenses that eat into someone’s savings or insurance deductible can mean saving or losing thousands of dollars.

New Hampshire is often adapting its workers’ compensation guarantees to cover more conditions related to work conditions. Senate Bill 541 introduced new coverage for firefighters this year, making cancer treatments related to emergency service work eligible for coverage by workers’ compensation instead of personal or professional insurance programs.

The political clout of unions in the Granite State has slipped in the last few decades, with individual unions often having to go it alone to protect their industries. Many labor leaders worry that business-friendly state law updates can allow or even encourage employers to shortcut benefits in the search for profit.

This state of affairs often leaves the onus of claiming proper benefits on the workers injured or sickened in the workplace. Although this may feel overwhelming at times, employees and former employees have their rights guaranteed by federal and state laws.

Workers who need to claim proper compensation for workplace injuries may find an ally in an attorney who can represent their complicated interests. A lawyer can help shorten the distance between an injury and full recovery.


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