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A state-mandated insurance program, workers’ compensation provides benefits to workers who are injured on the job. After suffering a workplace injury or illness, you have a right to benefits, which will typically be paid by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. However, employers and insurance companies regularly look for ways to escape liability for injured workers’ claims.

That’s where our Boston workers’ comp lawyers at Jim Glaser Law come in. Backed by years of experience handling workers’ comp claims in Boston, Sharon, Cambridge, and cities across Massachusetts, we’re committed to helping injured workers obtain the benefits they need after a workplace accident. If you’ve been hurt on the job, we may be able to help you too. Call our office today!

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We Understand What You’re Going Through

Suffering a work-related injury or illness is a traumatic experience that can impact your health, finances, and career. Your condition may force you to miss time from work, which can lead to unbearable stress over how you’re going to pay for your medical bills and other expenses. Many people who call our office are in pain and worried about what’s going to happen next.

We understand what you’re going through. Managing attorney, Jim Glaser, knows the workers’ compensation laws in Massachusetts and he knows how to help you through this difficult time. At Jim Glaser Law, your needs always come first. Let us handle the hassles of your claim while you focus on getting better.

Do I Have a Case?

Workers’ compensation claims can be complex and confusing. You may be wondering if you have a case and whether it’s worth pursuing, but you should know that you have rights. Each workers’ compensation claim is different and may involve unique injuries and circumstances. Still, the common thread is that they’re related to your on-the-job duties and injuries or illnesses that occurred as a result.

While workers’ compensation may cover on-the-job injuries, it’s important to know that some injuries aren’t covered, such as stress and psychiatric disorders, injuries caused by fighting, and self-inflicted injuries. Also, injuries that occur while committing a crime, ignoring safety policies, or while under the influence of substances are not typically covered.

The statute of limitations is the time frame you have to open your case. In Massachusetts, the statute of limitations for workers’ compensation is four years after the date you become aware of the link between your injury and your job. In the case of wrongful death, the claim must be filed within four years of the date of death. It’s important to discuss your case with an experienced workers’ comp attorney. Jimmy Knows!® what you’re going through, and our Boston workers’ comp lawyers are here to ensure you don’t miss any critical deadlines and can focus on what is most important, recovering.

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How Can a Lawyer Help?

Workers’ compensation claims are complicated and confusing, so you can be at a disadvantage trying to take on your case on your own. If you were injured on the job and don’t know what to do, don’t worry — Jimmy Knows!® With decades of experience in workers’ compensation law, our Boston workers’ comp lawyers at Jim Glaser Law know the ins and outs of claims and how the system works, so you will have the best possible team on your side.

With some injuries, you could settle for an offer that ends up being less than you need to manage and treat your injury or replace your lost income. Experienced workers’ compensation attorneys, like those at Jim Glaser Law, can help you seek the compensation you didn’t know you were entitled to and will work to build you a strong case. An attorney will also compile bills and evidence, speak with insurance companies, and negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf. While most cases are settled out of court, your attorney can represent you before the judge and jury if you need to file a lawsuit.

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If you were hurt on the job, you have rights. Our team at Jim Glaser Law has been fighting for the rights of injured Boston workers and workers throughout all of Massachusetts, and we can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

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Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits

If you’ve suffered a workplace injury or illness, knowing what you’re entitled to receive can be confusing. While every case is different, injured workers are typically entitled to the following benefits under Massachusetts law:

Employees who experience a work-related injury or illness are entitled to payment of all medical expenses required for the treatment of their condition. This can include doctor’s visits, medication, surgeries, hospital stays, wheelchairs or other necessary equipment, and more.

Without these important benefits, injured workers could be forced to pay their medical expenses out of pocket. If your employer’s insurance company doesn’t want to pay for these necessary expenses, you may need the help of a Boston workers’ comp lawyer.

The Massachusetts workers’ comp system may also provide for the payment of disability benefits should your injury or illness limit or prevent your ability to work. Separated into four categories depending on the severity of your condition, disability benefits are intended to replace a portion of your lost wages.

  • Temporary Partial Disability
    If you’re still able to work but your disability causes you to earn less than your normal wages, you may be able to receive temporary partial benefits.
  • Temporary Total Disability
    This type of disability benefit may be available if you need to take more than five days off from work. These benefits will cease when you return to work or your doctor determines you’ve reached maximum medical improvement.
  • Permanent Partial Disability
    If you’ve suffered a permanent disability that partially hinders your ability to work, you may be entitled to permanent partial disability benefits for a certain amount of time specified by the state.
  • Permanent Total Disability
    If your injury or illness is so severe that it permanently prevents you from returning to work, you may be entitled to benefits for the duration of your disability.

If the unimaginable happens and your loved one dies from a work-related injury or illness, you may be entitled to death benefits under the workers’ compensation system. These benefits are intended to aid the spouse, children, or other related financial dependents of the deceased worker. Funeral expenses may also be covered.

Common Causes of Workplace Accidents

Unfortunately, workplace accidents are incredibly common. However, some injured workers hesitate to start the claims process because they aren’t sure if they’re entitled to benefits. If you’re hurt on the job or develop an occupational illness due to your work conditions, you’re likely entitled to workers’ comp benefits.

Below are some of the most common causes of workplace accidents that lead to serious injuries and even fatalities. If you’ve experienced one of these accidents or any type of work-related accident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Workers often injure their backs lifting heavy objects. Without the right technique or equipment, frequently lifting heavy objects can lead to serious injuries that may even cause long-term disabilities.

Loose objects on the ground, poor lighting, improper footwear, and more can all cause a slip and fall in the workplace. These dangerous accidents can result in broken bones and even brain damage.

Employees who are subjected to hazardous materials at their jobs can contract serious illnesses, such as respiratory and skin diseases. Work-related illnesses often don’t appear for years. In these instances, it can be incredibly beneficial to have experienced legal representation when filing your workers’ comp claim.

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Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim in Massachusetts

Notify Your Employer

This is the first step to filing a workers’ comp claim. In the state of Massachusetts, if you are out of work for five or more days, your employer is required to report your work-related injury or illness to its insurance company and the Department of Industrial Accidents within seven days.

It’s important to notify your employer immediately after your accident. Any delays can cause the insurance company to believe your injury wasn’t work-related.

Seek Medical Treatment

You should also seek medical attention for your work-related injury or illness as soon as possible. It’s important that your doctor knows your injury/illness is related to your job, so they can include an assessment of your capabilities in the workplace. This information can be vitally important later on if your claim is contested by your employer’s insurance company and you need medical evidence.

Speak With a Boston Workers’ Comp Lawyer

If you have any questions or concerns about filing your workers’ comp claim, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Jim Glaser Law. From gathering the right paperwork to speaking with the insurance company, we can help make the complex process much smoother for you and your family.

Workers’ Comp FAQs

In Massachusetts, your employer has the right to choose a doctor for your initial evaluation. However, the decision of who treats your injury or illness is up to you. As long as your medical treatment is fair, reasonable, and medically necessary, you have the right to choose your doctor and still be reimbursed for your medical expenses.

While a lawyer isn’t required to receive workers’ compensation benefits, it can be incredibly beneficial. In some cases, insurance companies refuse to pay injured employees the benefits they deserve. If you have suffered a work-related illness or injury and are having trouble obtaining benefits, our attorneys are here to help. Our Boston workers’ comp lawyers will provide guidance as they work with you to seek the benefits you deserve, helping you gather evidence to support your claim and ensuring all documents are filed correctly and on time.

Report your accident to your employer and then seek immediate medical attention. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, it is important to receive a medical examination to protect your health and your rights. Postponing a medical evaluation will give your employer’s insurance company cause to believe that your injuries were not a direct result of a work-related accident, jeopardizing your right to benefits.

The timeline in a workers’ compensation claim is very important. You should inform your employer of your accident as soon as possible. If you’re unable to earn full wages for five or more days due to an occupational injury or illness, your employer is responsible for reporting your condition to its insurance company and the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) within seven days of the injury, starting your workers’ comp claim.

According to Massachusetts law, your employer’s insurance company has 14 days from the time they receive the first report of injury to either pay you or notify you that your claim has been denied.

If the insurance company denies your claim, you have four years from the date of denial to file an appeal. In order to appeal a denied claim, you must complete and submit an Employee Claim Form (Form 110) with the DIA. Additionally, you will need to include all medical evidence and other relevant information to help prove your claim.

While you have the right to appeal any decision that’s made regarding your claim, we highly recommend consulting an attorney before doing so. A knowledgeable Boston workers’ comp lawyer can help you gather the necessary medical evidence and ensure that your form is correctly filled out to support your claim.

After you’ve filed your claim, the first step of the appeals process is known as a conciliation. During this stage, you and your employer’s insurance company will have an informal meeting where you will attempt to reach a settlement agreement. A conciliator from the DIA will also be present to help facilitate the meeting and encourage a resolution. Having an attorney present during every stage of the appeals process will be to your advantage, as they can help you build the strongest case possible and present the evidence on your behalf.

In Massachusetts, workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. This means you do not have to prove that your accident happened because your employer or another employee was acting negligently in order to receive benefits. Even if you were responsible for your workplace accident, you may still be entitled to benefits. If someone else was responsible for your accident, you may be able to pursue further compensation through a personal injury claim.

Workers’ compensation covers work-related injuries, even if they weren’t caused by an accident. For example, repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome are often eligible for workers’ comp. Several other injuries or illnesses can also be work-related, such as digestive disorders from high-stress jobs or respiratory problems from workers exposed to car exhaust. If you’re wondering if your illness or injury is eligible for workers’ compensation, Jimmy Knows!® Contact Attorney Jim Glaser today to learn more about your options in a free case review.

If you’re able to recover from your illness or injury and return to the same type of work, your employer should give you the next available position. It’s important to note that your employer does not have to terminate the person who replaced you to give you your old job back. If you’re able to work a different type of job at the same workplace and a position is available, your employer may put you in that position. Your Boston, Massachusetts, workers’ comp lawyer from Jim Glaser Law can help you learn more about your employment options following a workers’ compensation claim.

The amount of money you may receive in workers’ compensation benefits depends on many different factors, including the nature of your injuries and your salary. Temporary disability payments are intended to replace part of your wages while you’re recovering from your injuries. If you were permanently disabled, your employer’s insurance determines your benefit amount by a complex formula that’s based on which part of your body is affected and the severity of your impairment. Our lawyers at Jim Glaser Law will look at the details of your case and present a rough estimate of how much you may receive for your claim.

All employers in Massachusetts are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees, no matter the number of employees. The only exception to this is domestic employees who do not need to be covered if they work fewer than 16 hours per week. Additionally, members of a limited liability partnership, limited liability company, or sole proprietorship of an unincorporated business aren’t required to carry insurance for themselves, but they are required to carry insurance for their employees. If you believe that you are being unrightfully denied workers’ compensation, our lawyers can help evaluate your case and ensure you are seeking the benefits you deserve.

In most cases, no. Generally, you’re restricted to the benefits you receive through workers’ compensation, which means you’re not able to sue for non-economic damages like pain and suffering. If your employer intentionally caused an injury or didn’t carry the necessary workers’ compensation insurance and you were injured, be sure to contact the attorneys at Jim Glaser Law to share the unique aspects of your case. Jimmy Knows!® how to help!