Boston Workers' Compensation Lawyers
Many employers work hard to oppose workers' compensation claims to protect their bottom line or to avoid setting a precedent of paying these claims.
That is why injured employees need to work with a Boston workers' compensation lawyer on their claim. The skilled attorneys at Janet, Jenner & Suggs have the experience and legal knowledge to give you the best opportunity to recover fair compensation. We offer a free consultation and do not charge legal fees unless there is a favorable resolution of your claim.
Common Causes of On-The-Job Injuries
Employees in any industry can suffer severe injuries for which they can file workers' compensation claims. However, injuries are more likely to occur in some industries than others, including:
- Commercial fishing
- Electrical contracting
- Steel or iron manufacturing
These industries are more dangerous because they involve a lot of physical activity or the operation of heavy equipment or vehicles. These activities can result in a variety of dangerous accidents that injure workers, such as:
- Boston car accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Crane accidents
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Burn accidents
Workplace injuries can also be caused by lifting heavy objects on a regular basis. This can cause severe back and joint injuries. Other severe workplace injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Tendon or ligament damage
- Head injuries
- Severe burns
- Lost limbs
- Breathing problems
If you suffered one of these injuries or aggravated a preexisting injury while doing your job, you may be able to recover compensation through a workers' compensation claim.
Our Boston workers' compensation lawyers can guide you through the entire process to help ensure you are successful and explore other legal options if your claim is denied.
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Submitting a Workers' Compensation Claim in Massachusetts
You have up to four years from the date you learned of your injury or disability to file a workers' compensation claim. However, you should file a claim as soon as possible because the longer you wait, the more difficult it can become to obtain compensation.
After informing your employer of your injury, contact our Boston workers' compensation lawyers so we can help you complete Employee Claim – Form 110 and submit it to the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA).
While we take care of this form, your employer has seven days to file an Employer's First Report of Injury or Fatality Form – Form 101 with the DIA. Your employer must also file a claim with its insurance company. After that, the insurance company must investigate the claim within 14 days and decide if it will offer benefits.
If you are denied workers' compensation benefits, you have 30 days from the date of your disability to submit another form to the DIA requesting a hearing.
Contact our Boston workers' compensation lawyers today by calling 1-877-692-3862.
Types of Workers' Compensation Benefits
If your Massachusetts workers' compensation claim is approved, you may be eligible for various benefits based on the severity of your injuries:
- Partial disability benefits – This is for workers who suffered an injury limiting the type or amount of work they can perform. These benefits are paid on a weekly basis and workers can earn 60 percent of wages lost as a result of the accident.
- Disfigurement and/or loss of function – Workers who were disfigured or lost function in a body part may be eligible for this benefit. This could include losing a limb, eyesight or suffering a permanent scar.
- Total disability benefits – This is for workers who can no longer work due to an on-the-job injury. Workers could keep 60 percent of their average weekly pay for a maximum of three years.
- Total and permanent disability benefits – In this scenario, workers could receive as much as 60 percent of weekly pay plus compensation to offset an increase in living expenses due to the injury. Workers who are eligible can receive this for the rest of their lives.
- Death benefits – These are for spouses and children of a worker who died from an on-the-job injury or illness. In addition to 60 percent of the employee’s average weekly pay, spouses and children may receive funeral costs, medical costs and other expenses.
Call 1-877-692-3862 to discuss your legal options with a Boston workers' compensation lawyer.
Filing a Third-Party Lawsuit
Unfortunately, these benefits may not cover all of your expenses from a severe injury and Massachusetts law prohibits you from filing a Boston personal injury lawsuit against your employer for more compensation.
However, you may be able to file a civil lawsuit against other parties that played a role in your injury. Third parties may include anyone other than your coworkers or your employer.
- Other drivers in traffic accidents
- Manufacturers of machines, equipment or chemicals
- Vendors responsible for maintaining equipment
- Suppliers of dangerous products
In a third party claim, you may be able to recover compensation not provided by workers' compensation, including non-economic damages like pain and suffering.
Our Boston worker's compensation lawyers can review your situation to find out if you can file a third party lawsuit.
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Contact our Boston Workers' Compensation Lawyers
If you suffered an injury at work, you need skilled legal representation to defend your rights and help you obtain all of the compensation you are entitled.
The Boston workers' compensation lawyers at Janet, Jenner & Suggs have the experience and legal knowledge you need. We have helped many employees through the workers' compensation process and we know how to be successful.
All of our clients are entitled to a free legal consultation and we do not charge legal fees unless we are successful.
Contact our skilled attorneys today by calling 1-877-692-3862.