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Workers Compensation Attorney – Call Now For Your FREE No Obligation Consultation
If you were hurt at work, you need to have a Boston workers compensation lawyer on your side. 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.
At my office you get 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.
Here are some Massachusetts workers’ compensation benefits you may be entitled to:
- medical bills
- lost wages
- loss of function
Workers Compensation Lawyer FAQ’s
What Wages Can I Receive?
If you are completely unable to work you may be entitled to total disability benefits. These benefits are 60% of your gross weekly wages. If you have some work capacity and can partially perform your job duties, then you may collect partial disability benefits equal to 75% of your total disability rate.
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.
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.
The 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 attorney 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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