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Farm work is rigorous and often rewarding but conditions can be hazardous. High-impact kicks from cows, machinery malfunctions, unsanitary conditions, strenuous lifting, or accidental falls can all result in serious injury. If you’ve been injured doing farm or dairy work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation—even if you’re not a US citizen or permanent resident.
At Biggam Fox Skinner, we know how to represent farm workers for workplace injury claims. We will fight for your right to receive adequate medical assistance and compensation for time missed while you were away from work. Our Vermont farm injury attorneys have helped hundreds of hardworking people like you get the money they are entitled to and secure their future after being hurt at work.
Call us at (802) 445-9141 to schedule your free consultation with a member of our team. Biggam Fox Skinner is here to help you navigate these challenges!
Common Farm Injuries
Perhaps the barn you work in is unsanitary or your boss has violated proper safety protocols, leading to accidents and injury. Dairy workers can be crushed or kicked by cows, or harmed by machinery. If you have missed work, been denied pay as a result of farm work injuries, or have a serious ailment that is a result of your workplace conditions, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Some of the most frequent injuries individuals sustain while on farms include:
Back pain from lifting or falls at work
Joint and muscle pain
Loss of limbs
Will I Lose My Farm Housing?
Vermont law states that the extra benefits you receive while living on the farm, such as your housing, fuel, or electricity, should be included in your average weekly wage calculation. This means that if you lose these benefits, the insurer must compensate you by adding more money to your benefits check. We can help you claim this money back if we discover that the insurer has been paying you less than they should. It’s important that we fix it before you are paid a permanent impairment settlement, which is based on your average weekly wage and compensation rate.
Can I Get Workers’ Compensation if I’m Not a US Citizen?
If you are a legal employee, you are entitled to claim workers’ compensation for workplace injuries and illnesses. You do not have to be a citizen or a permanent resident (a green card holder). Being a legal employee means that you are getting a paycheck and your employee is withholding employment taxes on your behalf. If you are being paid cash “under the table”, then you are not a legal employee and you cannot claim workers’ compensation.
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