Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that almost all employers are required to provide. Any injury or illness that arises out of and in the course of employment is generally covered. All cases are subject to the provisions of the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation statute, Mass. Gen Laws Chapter 152.
Any and all disputes concerning entitlements to benefits are resolved by the Department of Industrial Accidents which maintains offices in Boston, Lawrence, Fall River, Worcester and Springfield. Our attorneys at Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano are very experienced with handling these claims. We can help you obtain the compensation you need after an injury.
What Type Of Claim Do You Have?
The types of benefits available are a temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, permanent total disability, medical benefits, vocational rehabilitation, losses of bodily function and disfigurement, as well as death benefits for injury-related deaths.
Workers’ Comp Is An Exclusive Remedy
The employee’s exclusive remedy against the employer for work-related injuries is under the workers’ compensation statute. The worker is not permitted to bring a claim or sue a fellow employee or the employer. Any employer guilty of serious, willful misconduct which causes injury may be responsible for additional benefits.
When you work with our workers’ compensation attorneys, we will investigate whether there may be another responsible party for your injury. You might have a separate claim against them which could include compensation for pain and suffering. We will also integrate other potential sources of benefits, including Social Security Disability, short- or long-term disability or public employee retirement.
Your employer and the insurance company have lawyers and experts who represent them, and so should you. You need a lawyer to protect you and your job. One of our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers can explain the process and your rights. We have won cases before the Department of Industrial Accidents, the Superior Court, the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court.
If You Are Injured On The Job
- Immediately report the injury to your employer.
- Seek medical attention; you may chose your own doctor or medical provider. In some instances, your employer may be entitled to direct you to a medical facility at least for initial evaluation and treatment.
- You have the right to seek the help of an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. Most often, any legal fees become the responsibility of the workers’ compensation insurance company and/or may be paid as a percentage (not to exceed 20%) of a lump sum settlement of the claim.
Our attorneys have decades of experience handling workers’ compensation matters, from the simplest to the most complex of cases, and we can help you.