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Boston Workers Compensation Lawyer
If you were hurt at work, you came to the right place for help. You need to have Boston workers compensation lawyer Christopher Earley on your side to help get you the compensation you deserve. The insurance company has their workers’ compensation lawyers. You need one too.
Getting hurt at work can be frustrating, painful, and stressful. You are unable to work and you don’t know where to turn next. The insurance company is sending you paperwork and you don’t know what you are supposed to do next. Making sure you protect yourself, and your rights, is critical.
Boston workers compensation lawyer Christopher Earley will provide you personal representation from start to finish. I will always return your phone calls. I will keep you updated on the status of your case and will work tirelessly to maximize the benefits which you are entitled to.
Workers’ compensation in Massachusetts is essentially a compromise between workers and employers. When workers get hurt at work, they are entitled to be compensated for their medical bills and missed time from work. Such compensation is paid even without a showing of fault on the part of the employer. In exchange, workers cannot sue their employers for negligence in court. This protects employers from litigation.
Here are some Massachusetts workers’ compensation benefits we can pursue for you:
- Medical Bills. As long as the work-related medical treatment you receive is reasonable and necessary, then the workers compensation insurance company needs to pay for it. If they refuse to pay these bills, we can file a claim for you.
- Wages. If you are totally disabled from working, you have the right to temporary, total disability benefits. This weekly benefit wage rate is 60% of your gross weekly wages. If are able to work light duty, then you may collect 75% of your total disability rate of pay.
- Loss of Function. You may collect a one-time payment for any loss of function of a body part you sustain as a result of your work accident. This percentage is assigned by a doctor.
- Scarring. If your work accident resulted in scarring to your neck, face, or hand(s) then you may collect a one-time payment for the scarring.
Boston Workers Compensation Lawyer FAQ’s
How Are You Paid?
Fees for Massachusetts workers compensation lawyers are set by law. If a claim is denied and we are successful in getting you workers compensation benefits, the insurance company pays us. If a lump sum is reached, the attorney’s fee is either 15% or 20% of the settllement, depending on the terms of the settlement.
Can I Sue My Employer?
You generally in Massachusetts are prohibited from suing your employer for a workers compensation accident. You may however sue a third-party apart from your employer if it had a role in causing your injuries.
What If My Employer Does Not Have Workers Compensation Insurance?
This happens quite a bit. Even if your employer does not carry workers comp coverage, you may still bring a claim for benefits. The Massachusetts Workers Compensation Trust Fund provides benefits in this situation. The employer can be subjected to severe penalties should it not carry workers compensation insurance.
How Can I Settle My Case?
If you are receiving weekly workers compensation checks, it may make sense to lump sum settle your case. We can negotiate a favorable settlement for you if it makes sense to settle your case.
The Massachusetts Workers Compensation Claim Process
If the insurance company denies your case, then a claim needs to be filed. All Massachusetts workers compensation disputes are handled at the Department of Industrial Accidents. This court has branches in Boston, Lawrence, Fall River, Worcester, and Springfield. Here are the steps that follow once your claim is filed against the insurance company:
- The first step is the Conciliation which is when you (if you do not have an attorney) or your attorney appears in front of a Conciliator. The attorney from the workers compensation insurance company will be present.
- If the case does not settle at Conciliation then the matter will be sent forward for Conference.
- At the Conference you, your attorney, and the attorney from the insurance company will be present. A judge will hear from both sides and will issue an order. The order will issue a few days after the Conference.
- If either party wishes to they may appeal the Conference order, but this must be done within 14 days of the date of the order.
- Next is the Hearing which will be several months after the Conference. Oral testimony will be given and the judge will make a decision and the parties will be notified.
- The final stage of the dispute process is the Reviewing Board which will take many months after the Hearing. This appeal stage must be requested 30 days after the Hearing decision is issued.
What We Offer Our Clients
- Personal attention to each client we serve
- Relentless dedication to achieving the best possible result for your case
- Experience dealing with and effectively negotiating with insurance companies
- Peace of mind. Let us handle your case so you don’t have to worry about it while you recover from your injuries
Call Boston workers compensation lawyer Christopher Earley today to find out how we can help you. We only get paid if we get you compensation for your Massachusetts workers compensation claim.
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