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Boston Workers Compensation Lawyer (home visits available)
Here’s the deal:
You got hurt at work. You don’t know what you are supposed to do next. You came to the right place for help.
You need to have Boston workers compensation lawyer Christopher Earley on your side to help you get the compensation you deserve. The insurance company has their workers’ compensation lawyers. You need one too.
We only get paid if we win your case.
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.
The decision on when to hire a workers comp lawyer is likely one you are facing. Not having legal help on your side only serves to help the insurance company take advantage of you. Don’t let that happen!
We are Boston work injury attorneys that provide you personal representation from start to finish. We will always return your phone calls and will keep you updated on the status of your case. We will also work tirelessly to maximize the benefits you are entitled to.
What Is Massachusetts Workers Compensation Law?
Workers’ compensation in Massachusetts is 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 of the benefits our Massachusetts workers compensation law firm will 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. The amount you may collect for scarring is set by law.
Boston Workers Compensation Lawyer FAQ’s
What Does A Workers Compensation Lawyer Do?
Workers compensation lawyers represent people who have been injured at work. The representation involves investigating all benefits the client is entitled to, negotiating with workers compensation adjusters and attorneys, going to the Department of Industrial Accidents, collecting and analyzing medical records, as well as other tasks.
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 settlement, depending on the terms of the settlement. This all means you don’t need any money to hire us.
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 if it had a role in causing your work accident.
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 Find A Workers Comp Lawyer Near Me?
Hire us. We will come visit you at home, or wherever is convenient for you.
Will My Case Settle?
Depending on the case, it may make sense to lump sum settle your benefits. We can negotiate a favorable settlement for you.
Can I Collect Workers Compensation Benefits If I’m At Fault For The Accident?
Yes. Massachusetts workers comp benefits are no-fault benefits. As long as your injuries arose during the course and scope of your employment, you are eligible for workers compensation benefits.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Massachusetts Workers Compensation Cases?
Four years from the date of injury.
Do I Have To Go To Court?
If a claim is filed in court (Department of Industrial Accidents), you don’t have to go to the Conciliation, but if the claim advances to Conference, you will need to go to that event with your workers comp lawyer. The same is true if the claim goes to a Hearing.
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 of the decision.
- 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 You
- 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 company adjusters and lawyers.
- Peace of mind. Let us handle your case so you don’t have to worry about it while you recover from your injuries.
Common Causes of Massachusetts Workers Compensation Claims
- Car Accidents
- Personal Injury Accidents
- Truck Accident Cases
- Pedestrian Accident Cases
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Snow and Ice Cases
- Construction Accident Cases
- Dog Bites and Attacks
- Burn Injury Cases
- Broken Bone Injury Cases
- Scarring and Disfigurement
Common Types of Workers Compensation Injuries
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Repetitive Injuries
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Hearing and Vision Loss
- Burn injuries
- Strains and Sprains
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Cuts and Punctures
- Exposure to Chemical and Hazardous Materials
What To Do After A Workers Compensation Accident In Massachusetts
- Report The Accident Immediately To Your Supervisor
- Receive Prompt Medical Attention
- Don’t Sign Anything The Workers Compensation Insurance Company Sends You
- Consult a Workmans Compensation Attorney
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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