Frequently Asked Questions about Workers’ Compensation
If you were injured on the job or got sick due to workplace conditions, you probably have a lot of questions. We have compiled a brief list of some of the most common questions we hear from our clients for your general reference. If you have specific concerns relating your unique case, feel free to give us a call at (978) 239-7948 to get answers from a dedicated legal professional.
Why do I need a lawyer if I’ve been injured at work?
Many people assume that they will be covered by their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance when they get injured on the job. After all, Massachusetts law requires most businesses and companies to cover costs related to workplace injuries such as medical expenses and lost wages. Unfortunately, as far too many workers discover every year, getting compensation for a job-related injury can be much more difficult than it should be. Workers with legitimate injuries see their claims unfairly denied, delayed, or severely reduced. If you were injured at work, you can profit greatly from obtaining the services of a skilled attorney. A lawyer can help you safeguard your rights by properly filing the required paperwork in a timely manner. An attorney can also help you appeal an unjust decision if your claim is mishandled.
Can I receive wages while I am recovering from my injury?
If you are one of the many Massachusetts employees covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance, then you can continue to receive an income while you handle your injury. After a five-day waiting period, you can start to receive monetary compensation for your lost wages. Individuals who need more than five days off work to recover from their injury will ultimately be paid wage-loss benefits starting from the day they were forced to miss work. Massachusetts workers’ compensation laws actually describe a variety of medical issues that require wage-loss benefits, including permanent total disability, permanent partial disability, temporary total disability, and temporary partial disability. Total or partial disability is often determined by your ability to work following the accident. If you are unable to work during your recovery but can ultimately return, you will probably qualify for temporary total disability benefits. If you are unable to work ever again, it would be permanent total disability benefits. If you are disabled, but still able to work, they’d be partial disability benefits, regardless of how long the disability lasts.
Why should I choose The Injured Workers' Lifeline?
Our experienced Massachusetts attorneys understand just how important workers’ compensation can be for our clients. Many injured employees wouldn’t be able to afford adequate medical treatment without these benefits, and many others would be forced into debt due to lost work wages. Workers’ compensation can mean the difference between financial stability and financial ruin for you, and that means we take our job very seriously. Our skilled attorneys have a long history of winning compensation for workers who were initially denied their rightful benefits. We went to trial to secure over $600,000 for a roofer who tragically lost his leg in a work accident. We won a $94,000 settlement for a nurse unable to work after suffering a back injury. We have the know-how and the experience necessary to handle even the toughest workplace injury cases, and we have a substantial record of legal victories to back us up.
Getting injured in a workplace accident can put you in financial distress. Not only do you have to deal with personal pain and suffering, but you have to handle new expenses like hospital fees. Additionally, many medical conditions can make it impossible to return to your job. In many injury cases, while your bills go up, your income goes down. However, there is a safety net in place for a great number of Massachusetts workers. If you have been injured on the job or have become ill due to workplace conditions, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The skilled workers’ compensation attorneys at The Injured Workers' Lifeline understand the importance of these benefits. Many injured employees rely heavily on workers’ compensation to cover their otherwise unaffordable medical bills and to supplement income while they recover. Our attorneys want to make sure you get the benefits you deserve. Call us today at (978) 239-7948 to speak with a dedicated legal professional to learn exactly how we can help you secure the compensation you need to handle the costs of your workplace injury.
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