Workers' Compensation Lawyers for Burlington, Methuen
Filing Claims for Workplace Accidents in Massachusetts
There are many precautions that employers and site managers are supposed to take to ensure that their workers are safe. Unfortunately, they often fail to do so, leading to serious and life-altering injuries. Employers in Massachusetts are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. This means that if you are injured on the job, you have options for receiving compensation, provided you follow the correct procedures.
At DiBella Law Offices, P.C., with offices in Methuen, Burlington, and Boston, our workers’ compensation attorneys are familiar with the complexities of Massachusetts laws and the proper procedures required in getting you the maximum compensation. Contact us today at (781) 916-9932 to learn more.
How Are Workers' Compensation Claims Filed?
In Massachusetts, employers must report any injury that resulted in the loss of five days of work or more. Additionally, the day the injury occurs counts as one full day if the employee is absent for at least four hours because of the accident. The official report of injury must be filed with the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA), which is responsible for administering the Workers’ Compensation Act.
Workers may choose their examining physician and apply for compensation after a brief waiting period. Furthermore, injured workers may receive compensation retroactively if their disability persists for a certain length of time. However, workers’ compensation is not always easy to secure without the help of a competent personal injury lawyer.
Do Not Hesitate to File a Claim
For injuries occurring after Jan. 1, 1986, the time limit for filing a workers’ compensation claim is four years from the date of injury. The four-year period may be extended in the case of an employee who was unaware of the connection between disability and the job accident.
This is often the case with certain types of occupational diseases caused by exposure to toxic materials; the four-year period starts when the employee learns (usually from a diagnosing physician) that there has been a compensable injury from exposure on the job.
What Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits Are Available?
When you have been injured, your employer must fill out a report of injury. Copies of the report need to be given to you, the DIA, and the workers’ compensation insurer. Your employer must also give you the report within seven days of the date on which they receive notice of the fact that you have been injured and disabled.
Once this process begins, workers’ compensation lawyers can help you apply for the following benefits:
- Temporary payments to cover lost wages until you can return to work
- Partial disability payments if you can return to work but have limitations
- Permanent disability payments if you are unable to return to work
- Full payment for medical expenses
- Compensation for scarring, disfigurement, or other permanent conditions
- Job retraining if your work injury requires a change of career
We have access to insurance experts and actuaries who can help bolster your claim as well as any other relevant third-party lawsuit before a judge or jury.
Have You Sustained a Work Injury? We Can Help.
Although paying for an attorney may not be something you consider, you’d be surprised at how little good legal representation will cost. In fact, our clients’ attorney fees are often paid by the employers’ insurance company.
If a worker dies due to a workplace injury, his or her spouse and dependents may receive monthly income through workers’ compensation death benefits. In certain egregious circumstances, a wrongful death lawsuit may be the most appropriate way to secure your family’s future.
Call us today at (781) 916-9932 for a no-cost discussion with our Burlington, Methuen, and Boston workers' compensation lawyers.
- Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA)
- OSHA Worker Rights and Protections - Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- At Work Safety Topics, Tips & Training from NSC.org
- CDC - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)