Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
A work injury can seriously affect your life. Medication, hospital visits, and physical therapy can cost immense amounts of money. At the same time, you may have to miss months—even years—of work while you recover, severely reducing or completely eliminating your income. Thankfully, many in Massachusetts are covered by workers’ compensation insurance through their employer. If you were hurt on the job or became ill due to workplace conditions, you might be entitled to benefits that would pay for your medical expenses and cover your lost work wages. Workers’ compensation can cover:
Medical costs related to your injury
Work wages lost to recovery time
Vocational rehabilitation services
Benefits for permanent bodily damage
Benefits to your family if you die due to a workplace injury
Travel costs for vocational rehabilitation services and/or medical care
It can be difficult to secure the workers’ compensation you are due, even from an insured employer. At The Injured Workers' Lifeline, our skilled Massachusetts workers’ compensation lawyers fight to get you the benefits you legally deserve.
Workers’ Compensation Cases We Handle
Workers across Massachusetts often struggle to receive compensation after getting injured on the job. Employers and insurance companies have been known to unjustly deny, delay, and reduce claims by exploiting legal loopholes or even by simply ignoring the law. Some companies assume workers will be too intimidated to seek justice. That’s why we are ready to fight for you. The experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at The Injured Workers' Lifeline have the knowledge and the skills to help you get the benefits you need. Some common cases we handle include issues involving:
Long-Term / Permanent Disability: when a workplace injury or illness permanently impact your health, you are legally due certain benefits
Short-Term / Temporary Disability: as you recover from an accident or sickness, you need workers’ compensation to make sure you stay financially stable
Workplace Injuries: even if your employer provides benefits through workers’ compensation insurance, you might be due monetary recompense from another party responsible for your injury
Even though we rely on insurance companies and our employers to take care of us when we are injured, it’s important to remember that these businesses are primarily concerned with profit. Your well-being is not their top priority like it would be for a Injured Workers' Lifeline attorney. Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys can make sure your interests are protected by working to safeguard your finances and secure your benefits.
Workplace Injury Statistics
Every year, thousands of people across Massachusetts are hurt while at work. Sometimes these injuries occur due to an employer allowing hazardous conditions or violating safety regulations. However, accidents can still happen even when there’s technically no one to blame. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015:
Over 65,000 workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in Massachusetts
There were 3.5 injury cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers
The Massachusetts workplace injury rate was significantly higher than the national average
Nationwide, there were 4,836 fatal work injuries
Many of these injuries happen in industries typically considered risky or dangerous. Compared to other fields, manufacturing, construction, and transportation see a great deal of worker injury and death. However, workers can be hurt in any job. Whatever your occupation, if you were injured at work, you should seek immediate legal counsel. You may be due workers’ compensation benefits.
Workplace Injury and the Law
Current workers’ compensation laws in Massachusetts compel employers to purchase insurance that will provide benefits to employees hurt on the job. These benefits can come into effect when a worker suffers an injury due to a job-related accident such as a slip and fall in a restaurant or an equipment malfunction in a factory. Additionally, workers are also covered if workplace conditions cause illness or another medical condition. Respiratory problems can arise if employees often work around hazardous fumes or chemicals. Some workers are also threatened by lead or mercury poisoning while performing their occupational duties. Whatever the nature of the injury or illness, if it happened on the job, it will most likely be covered by workers’ compensation. It’s important to remember that your employer does not need to be at fault for creating unsafe conditions or allowing dangerous behavior. You can receive benefits even if the accident occurred without any discernible cause. However, employers and insurance companies have been known to unjustly deny legitimate claims. They might also try to delay your claim or severely reduce the payout. If you have been hurt on the job, you could greatly benefit from legal counsel. A skilled Massachusetts workers compensation attorney can help you protect your best interests and secure the payments you are legally due.
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