The Claim Process
Workers' Compensation Claims in Massachusetts
Providing Legal Assistance in Burlington, MA
With offices in Burlington, Boston and Methuen, our team at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. is here to help you with every step of what can be a complicated workers' compensation claim system. From ensuring your employer properly submits a claim to its insurer to helping you prepare for the DIA process and any appeals, we are here to handle every technical aspect so you can focus on your recovery.
For a free initial consultation to discuss your legal goals and the workers' compensation claims process, contact our firm today by calling (781) 262-3338.
Voluntary Payments: the 14-Day Rule
An insurer (or self-insured employer) who fails to act within 14 days faces several possible penalties. It is also illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee for filing a compensation claim, collecting benefits or testifying at DIA hearings. First, your employer's workers' compensation insurer has 14 calendar days after receiving the first report from the DIA to decide on one of two courses of action.
The insurer must either:
- Send you a notice of acceptance and a first compensation check
- Send a notice of rejection by certified mail to you, your employer and the DIA.
The denied claims notice must contain the following information:
- An exact statement of the reasons for rejection
- A statement of the insurer's intention to contest any claim by you
- A statement advising you of your right to file a claim for benefits with the DIA
Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim with the DIA
If your claim is rejected by the insurer, our experienced Massachusetts workers' compensation lawyer can help you can file a claim with the DIA in Boston. You must wait 30 days from the date of injury or enclose a copy of the insurer's notification of denial in order to submit the claim. As you can see, workers' compensation claims are not a simple procedure and should be trusted to a lawyer from our firm where we have more than 10 years of experience.
Contact us today at (781) 262-3338 to schedule an evaluation to discuss your situation with our compassionate and skilled team.