Your Benefits Under Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation
If you are injured during the course of your employment, you are entitled to receive benefits under the Massachusetts workers’ compensation statute (MGL Ch. 152). The benefits to which you may be entitled include:
- Incapacity benefits, for payment of your lost wages
- Medical treatment
- Vocational retraining or education
- Payment for permanent loss of function and disfigurement
- Payment for scarring on face or hands
- Survivors and dependents benefits
Unlike personal injury claims against third parties for injuries caused by someone else’s negligence, if you are injured at work, you do not have to prove that your accident was someone else’s fault. In fact, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits even if the accident was no one’s fault or your own fault.
Disabled Without An Accident At Work? You May Still Qualify For Workers’ Compensation.
What’s more, it is not even necessary that your injury came about due to an accident; it may be that you are disabled due to repetitive activity such as occurs from assembly work (such as carpal tunnel or thoracic outlet syndrome) or you may have injured your back over time due to continuous lifting. Often, people who have been physically injured at work develop emotional injuries such as depression and anxiety, due to financial worries and difficulties dealing with the pain and uncertainty of their future.
In such instances, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for that emotional injury. What is important is that your injury, physical and/or emotional, arose out of and during the course of your employment.
Your Employer’s Insurance Company May Try To Deny Your Benefits
The laws and regulations pertaining to work-related injuries are very specific and unique to that area of the law. If you are injured due to an incident or series of incidents that occurred at work, it is highly likely that your employer’s insurance company will contest your claim and try to deny you the benefits to which you are entitled.
To ensure that you receive all of the benefits that the law allows, it is vital that you hire an attorney experienced with workers’ compensation laws and regulations.
Attorney Ira Yellin has extensive experience with workers’ compensation claims, having represented hundreds of injured workers. We aggressively challenge insurance companies on their denials of benefits and regularly present our clients’ cases before the administrative judges at the Department of Industrial Accidents.
Conveniently Located To Serve You
Our offices are conveniently located in Franklin, Massachusetts. We are readily available to assist you with your most urgent and pressing legal needs. From these offices, we represent clients in surrounding areas such as Attleboro and Boston.