VERMONT WORKERS COMP. LAWYERS

Addison County, Essex County, Orange County, Bennington County, Franklin County, Orleans County, Caledonia County, Grand Isle County, Rutland County, Chittenden County, Lamoille County, Washington County, Essex County, Orange County
Vermont and federal law requires employers to maintain a safe work environment in order to reduce the likelihood of tragic on-the-job accidents, injuries, and deaths. If you’ve been injured on the job, your employer is legally responsible to pay all of your medical bills and all prescriptions, with no out-of-pocket expenses and no co-pays.  They are also responsible to pay wage replacement for all the time you are forced to miss from work due to your work-related injury.

The Workers' Compensation System was established by the Vermont Legislature in 1915 to compensate and protect employees who suffer personal injury by accident arising out of and in the course of employment and to protect employers by limiting their exposure from lawsuits arising out of such injuries. It is a "no-fault" insurance program that provides medical and disability benefits for work-related injuries and illnesses. It covers both traumatic injuries caused by sudden accidents and gradual onset injuries resulting from repetitive motion or stress. The system offers five basic categories of benefits: medical, temporary disability, permanency, vocational rehabilitation and death benefits. Almost all of Vermont's 350,000 workers must be covered by the system. Most employers secure coverage by purchasing workers' compensation insurance. A limited class of employers may be approved as self-insurers.

13 V.S.A. §2025 -- EMPLOYERS WITHOUT WORKERS' COMPENSATION INSURANCE: CRIMINAL SANCTION

Any employer who fails to comply with the provisions of 21 V.S.A. §687 shall be fined not more than $2,500.00 or imprisoned for up to one year, or both. For the purposes of this section, the term employer includes the owner or operator of a business, the officers of a corporation and the partners in a partnership