Under Vermont law, an employer is liable for injuries to its employees that are caused by the employer’s negligence. This means that if you are injured on the job, your employer may be liable for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, an employer is not liable for injuries that are caused by the employee’s own negligence, or by the negligence of a coworker.
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance system that provides benefits to employees who are injured on the job. This means that you do not have to prove that your employer was negligent in order to receive benefits.
Workers’ compensation benefits can include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Death benefits
To be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, you must:
- Be an employee
- Be injured on the job
- Report your injury to your employer within 30 days
If you are injured on the job, you should contact your employer immediately. Your employer should provide you with a workers’ compensation claim form. You should also contact a workers’ compensation attorney to discuss your rights and options.