If you’ve been injured on the job in Vermont, you probably are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation will pay your medical bills, compensate you for your time out of work and permanent injury, and assist you in finding work if you can’t go back to your old job. It also pays benefits to family members of people who die in workplace accidents.
In routine claims when the injured worker returns to work quickly and without long term problems, you probably won’t need a lawyer. The Vermont Department of Labor oversees all workers’ compensation claims and tries to be sure that insurance companies treat injured workers fairly.
But, if you’ve suffered a permanent injury or are unable to return to your job, the legal issues can be complex. Disputes also arise when the employer or insurance company denies you were hurt at work, blames another job, or says you have a pre-existing condition.
Vermonters have a well deserved reputation for being productive and hard working employees. Most of our clients want only to regain their health and their ability to earn a living. When a workplace injury prevents that, we work hard to get workers’ compensation benefits to help our clients get back on their feet to support themselves and their family.
Why should I call or e-mail you?
When you are injured on the job, a lot of questions come up. You may feel pressure from the insurance company or your employer. If you are out of work, time is not on your side and you need unbiased information quickly. We listen to your concerns and provide the direction you need to move forward.
What if I decide I don’t need a lawyer?
Many people find they don’t need a lawyer, but making that decision begins with a phone call. Whatever your decision, by speaking with us, you will be better informed to handle your situation.
Is there a cost or an obligation?
No. Calling us costs you nothing but a few minutes of your time. You are under no obligation to us, and the call is confidential. Our goal is to provide you with good service, answer your questions, and address your concerns.
Who is the best lawyer for my case?
The best lawyer for your case is the one who will listen to you, makes an effort to understand your unique situation and has the experience to ensure a fair outcome…for you.
What can a Kalter & Kalter do for me?
When we accept a case, we expect our client to benefit in two ways. Our first goal is for the client to recover more than they would from dealing with the insurance company on their own or through a less experienced law firm. Just as importantly, our experienced staff and attorneys will work to minimize your stress and paperwork during the process.
This is a time when you need honest and expert advice. It is not a time to rely on a well-meaning friend or family member, the insurance adjuster, or internet research. If you’ve been hurt on the job, call us. It won’t cost you anything to speak to us and there is no obligation. You might not need a lawyer, but if you are reading this, you want information. At the very least, we will be sure you have the information you need to make decisions.
Do you handle other personal injury cases?
Yes. Kalter & Kalter is devoted exclusively to representing injured Vermonters in workers’ compensation cases. Some of our clients have been injured through the negligence of someone other than their employer. Vermont law allows injured workers to file “third party claims.” Along with our colleagues at O’Neill Kellner & Green, a leading Vermont personal injury firm, we represent clients in a wide range of personal injury cases, including motor vehicle accidents, products liability, premises liability and medical negligence cases.