Workers' Compensation

By law, employers in Massachusetts have to have workers’ compensation insurance. That way, when a worker gets hurt on the job, the employer’s insurance can help pay for that worker’s medical expenses and other bills while they are recovering. Sometimes, though, a worker might need help from a lawyer in order to get the workers’ compensation benefits they need.

Who Can Claim Workers’ Compensation? 

Almost any employee who gets hurt while working can claim workers’ compensation insurance, as long as they can prove these three things:

  1. They are an employee at the company.
  2. They truly are injured.
  3. Their job caused the injury.

It does not matter whether you are a dishwasher, construction worker, English speaker, union worker, or CEO. If you are an employee who has been hurt at work, you should be able to apply for workers’ compensation. The only workers who may not be able to claim workers’ compensation are independent contractors because they are not considered employees at the companies who hire their services.

How Much Does Workers’ Compensation Pay?

The amount of money you can get from workers’ compensation depends on how serious your injury is. If your injury is serious enough to stop you from working altogether, you have what is called a “total disability.” In Massachusetts, workers with total disabilities can receive 60% of their usual paycheck each week, and they can receive this payment for up to 3 years.

If your injury forces you to work less, but you still can work, you have what is called a “partial disability.” In Massachusetts, workers with partial disabilities can receive workers’ compensation for five years or even ten years in severe cases.

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Types of Workplace Injuries

There are countless types of injuries you could get while working. Here are some of the injury types I see most commonly in my clients:

  • Overexertion injuries
  • Machine entanglements
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Falling object injuries
  • Slip and falls
  • Heart attacks

Even if your specific injury isn’t listed above, you should still call me for more information if you believe you might be eligible for workers’ compensation.

Occupational Diseases

When people hear “workplace injury,” they usually picture someone hurting their back, slipping and falling, or getting injured by a piece of work equipment. But there are many other physical and mental problems that can sneak up on a worker over time. For instance, here is a list of common diseases that affect workers:

Cancer

There are so many forms of cancer that it would be impossible to list all the ways that a workplace could cause it. If you have developed any type of cancer and believe your workplace may have been the reason, please call me for help.

Mesothelioma

This is a type of cancer that usually attacks the lungs but can also affect the heart and/or abdomen. Most often, it is caused by a person breathing in unsafe minerals or chemicals over the course of several years.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Like mesothelioma, COPD affects the lungs and is usually caused by breathing in bad chemicals. These two illnesses are common in workers because many workplaces use unsafe chemicals, have mold, or create steam that isn’t safe to breathe in every day.

Psychiatric breakdowns

Being overworked and overstressed by your job can lead to serious mental and psychological consequences. If you’ve experienced such issues because of your work, I will treat your case with the same respect that I would for any other injury or illness.

Learn More About Workers’ Compensation in Norfolk County, MA

If you believe you have a workers’ compensation case, please call me. I want to help you get the payment you need to take care of yourself while you can’t work. And even if you can’t claim workers’ compensation benefits, I would still be happy to help you decide what to do next.