Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation
Under Massachusetts’ law, employers are required to provide workers’ compensation coverage to all of their employees. The Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) is the agency responsible for administering Massachusetts’ workers’ compensation law. According to the DIA, workers’ compensation insurance “pays for any reasonable and necessary medical treatment related to a job-related injury or illness, pays compensation for lost wages after the first five calendar days of full or partial disability, and in some cases provides retraining for employees who qualify.”
Statistics show that about half of all claims from injured workers are not disputed by an insurer or employer. However, if your claim is disputed, the DIA strongly advises that you seek an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to help protect your rights. This recommendation by the DIA is due to the complexity of workers’ compensation law. Our experienced Boston workers’ compensation attorneys understand how to combat disputed claims from employers and insurance companies. Let our Boston workers’ compensation lawyers deal with the insurance companies so you can focus on getting better and getting back to work.
Some types of workers’ compensation claims Boston workers’ compensation attorneys have pursued on behalf of clients include:
- Auto accidents
- Machine injuries
- Burn accidents
- Lifting injuries
- Violence in the workplace
- Construction accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Crane Accidents
- Elevator or escalator accidents
- Repetitive stress, joint and nerve injuries
- Exposure to dangerous chemicals or toxic materials
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Farming accidents
Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Benefits
What workers’ compensation benefits are available? Under the Massachusetts’ workers’ compensation system, M.G.L. c.152 there are a few different types of benefits. The benefits to which an employee is entitled will greatly depend upon the nature and extent of the injuries suffered.
- Temporary Total Incapacity Benefits- Temporary total incapacity benefits cover employees who were injured at work and that injury prevents them from performing any type of work, not just the job they had when they suffered the injury.
- Partial Incapacity Benefits- Partial incapacity benefits cover employees who can still work, but have lost earning capacity because of their work-related injury or illness. This could potentially include an injury which forced you to change jobs at a lower pay rate or an injury which required you to work fewer hours.
- Permanent and Total Incapacity Benefits- Permanent and total incapacity benefits cover employees who are totally and permanently unable to do any kind of work as a result of a work-related injury or illness.
- Permanent Loss of Function and Disfigurement Benefits- Death benefits are available to the surviving spouse and/or child of an employee who has died as a result of a work-related injury or illness.
Employees should be aware that workers’ compensation may not cover all expenses relating to an injury or illness. In some cases, a negligent third party or defective product may have been a contributing factor in the employee’s injury or illness. Depending on the circumstances, a third party personal injury lawsuit may need to be considered in order to seek compensation for pain and suffering and other damages suffered by the worker. An experienced Boston workers’ compensation lawyer can help determine whether or not a third party personal injury lawsuit should be pursued.
Need A Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?
Need a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?
Our Massachusetts and Boston workers’ compensation lawyers are committed to fighting for your workers’ compensation claim from start to finish. We are available 24/7 to take your calls and are there for you when you need us most. The Feeney Law Firm is dedicated to helping injured workers receive the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve. Fighting to keep people safe from corporate greed and self-interest is our passion. We are here to help make the workers’ compensation process as simple as possible for you and your family. Call us now at 1-800-667-6082 for a FREE consultation. Don’t wait; your time to file a workers’ compensation lawsuit may be limited.
Our Massachusetts workers’ compensation’ attorneys handle cases all over Massachusetts. Some locations include: Boston, Braintree, Brockton, Brookline, Cambridge, Cape Cod, Fall River, Framingham, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Martha’s Vineyard, Medford, Nantucket, New Bedford, Newton, Peabody, Plymouth, Quincy, Somerville, Springfield, Taunton, Waltham, Weymouth, Worcester