If you have been injured at work in Massachusetts, you may be entitled to collect workers’ compensation benefits for lost wages, medical bills and possibly a lump sum settlement, among other benefits. Our firm is working with experienced workers’ compensation lawyers in MA, who charge no fee unless you win your claim. Feel free to contact us toll free or online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.
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Are You Entitled To MA Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
The Massachusetts workers’ compensation law was created to make sure that workers, who have been unable to work for five or more days because of a work-related injury, receive medical treatment and weekly income. You can receive workers’ compensation if you were injured while you were doing work related activities.
There are two types of disability that allows you to collect weekly benefits for lost wages:
- Total Disability: When a person can neither perform their regular job duties or any other type of light duty work and are considered to have a total loss of earning capacity.
- Partial Disability: When a person is unable to perform his or her regular job duties due to a work injury, but is still capable of performing light work load.
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- $325,000 Settlement: Our client slipped and twisted his ankle while at work, sustaining a serious and permanent injury to his foot.
- $300,000 Settlement: Our client was walking down a flight of stairs, which then collapsed causing him to sustain a serious lower back injury, which required surgery.
- $300,000 Settlement: Our client slipped on dirt located near a stairwell and sustained injuries to his thumb.
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Are You Entitled To a Lump Sum Settlement?
In some cases, if your injury is very serious and you are unable to return to your former job, the insurance company for your employer may offer you a lump sum settlement. The insurance company pays agreed upon lump-sum settlement fees.
This type of workers’ compensation settlement is a contract between you, the insurer, and in some cases your employer. It is a one-time payment that is made in place of your weekly compensation checks and certain other benefits. When you accept a lump sum settlement, you give up certain rights. An experienced Massachusetts workers’ compensation lawyer can help you carefully consider whether or not settling your case is in your best interest.
Although signing a lump sum agreement restricts certain rights, it does not prevent you from:
- Maintaining employment with the employer at whose job you were hurt
- Gaining employment with any other employer
- Receiving any benefits owed to you by your employer
- Bringing any future workers’ compensation claims for other work-related injuries or illnesses
- Bringing any future claims of wrongful discharge, or breach of contract
What Happens If Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Is Denied?
If your workers’ compensation claim is disputed, it can be a lengthy process in order to resolve the dispute. Usually the insurance adjuster, you and your lawyer will come together in several negotiation sessions to try to avoid going to a hearing. Sometimes, though, hearings are necessary, in which case you may appear before a Judge to decide your case. Read more.
What Basic Benefits Are You Entitled To?
- Medical Treatment – The employer can require injured employees to see the employer’s healthcare provider. After their first visit with the provider, the employee has the option of visiting the doctor of their choice. This change in providers is allowed only once. Any other change in medical provider requires insurance company approval.
- Permanent Loss Of Function And Disfigurement – If your workplace injury or illness results in a permanent loss of certain bodily functions, scarring, and/or disfigurement, you may qualify for special benefits in this regard. An employee, who sustained disfigurement/scarring may receive a one-time payment for these injuries. This benefit is paid in addition to other payments. The amount paid may vary depending upon the location and severity of the disfigurement or function lost.
- Vocational Rehabilitation Services – These services are designed and offered to assist injured workers with functional, psychological, developmental, cognitive and emotional impairments or health conditions, return to meaningful employment. To qualify for these services, the injured worker must have continuing restrictions due to their work-related injury that prohibits a return to their pre-injury job.
- Survivors’ And Dependents’ Benefits – If you are the spouse or child of an employee, who has died as a result of a work related injury or illness, you may qualify for benefits. Children have special eligibility requirements in that they must be under the age of 18, be full-time students, or be unable to work because of physical or mental disabilities. You should contact a Massachusetts workers’ compensation lawyer to find out if you may be eligible.
What Should You Do Immediately After An Injury At Work In MA?
If you have been injured while on the job, there are several steps that you should take. First, seek medical treatment for your injuries. It is very important for you to get healthy again as soon as possible. Also, you should make sure that you file a report with your employer as soon as possible. This will help if you decide to file a workers’ compensation later. Read more.
What Is a Workers’ Compensation Third Party Claim?
You may be entitled to more than just workers’ compensation benefits in situations where a third party causes your injury. For example, if someone other than your employer or a coworker negligently causes you injury. The most common type of case is where a sub-contractor or one of their employees is negligent and this causes you injury. A third party claim compensate you for medical bills, 100% of lost income, pain and suffering, and scarring (if applicable), among other losses. Common third party claims include:
- Car Accidents During The Course Of Employment
- Construction Site Injuries
- Defective Machines
- Unsafe Working Conditions
Can I Return to Work?
If you are able to go back to work, you have a responsibility to do so. Usually, you have the right to return to your old job if your injuries do not stop you from carrying out your job responsibilities. This is known as your right to reinstatement. Your employer may be obligated to make reasonable accommodations in order for you to perform your job. If your job is no longer open, you are entitled to another appropriate and available position.
Why Call Us Today?
If you have been injured on the job and are being denied workers’ compensation benefits, you should consider hiring a lawyer to help you get the benefits that you deserve. The process of disputing a workers’ compensation claim can be difficult and time consuming. Our firm is working with experienced MA workers’ compensation lawyers, who charge no fee until you win your case or get a settlement. Call our toll free number today or fill out a contact form on our site for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.