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The law prevents employees from suing their employers for compensation after on-the-job injuries. But injured employees have legal rights. Workers’ compensation coverage allows injured employees to get money for their medical bills, lost wages, and rehabilitation expenses while they get better.
If you’ve suffered a work-related injury, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. The Boston workers’ compensation lawyers at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers can help you file a strong claim so you can get the maximum benefits as quickly as possible. Call (800) 577-5188 or fill out a free initial consultation form to get the legal help you need, today.
Are You Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Workers’ compensation benefits are available regardless of who is at fault for your injury. You may be able to claim a portion of your lost income to ensure your medical bills and other expenses get paid. If you have a permanent disability, you may also be entitled to additional compensation.
Documentation is the most important factor in determining what benefits are available to you. You must have proof of your injury from a qualified medical professional. Your medical records will serve as your proof and will allow your employer’s insurance carrier to assess your present and future needs.
Benefits Available from Workers’ Compensation
Workers’ compensation can help you get the medical care you need, pay your bills, and get back on your feet after a job site accident or illness. Benefits which you can receive from workers’ compensation include:
Wage Loss Benefits
Wage loss benefits are what people generally think of when talking about workers’ compensation. While these benefits do not cover your full regular wages–you only receive 66 percent of the state average weekly wage–the benefits can certainly help make ends meet. You must miss a full week of work before your wage loss benefits begin, although you may be able to recover the first week’s pay later.
In Massachusetts, you may qualify for:
- Temporary total incapacity benefits;
- Temporary partial incapacity benefits; or
- Permanent and total incapacity benefits.
While each of these programs differ slightly, all will provide you with a portion of your regular wages for a significant period of time, or even until you return to work.
Workers’ compensation benefits can also pay for medical treatment related to your injury or illness. These benefits can provide coverage for:
- All “adequate and reasonable medical care;
- Prescription payment or reimbursement; and
- Mileage reimbursement if you need to travel to appointments.
Scarring and Disfigurement Benefits
If your injury or illness left you with permanent disfigurement, you may qualify for a lump sum payment for your losses. You may be eligible if you suffered significant scarring, disfigurement, or permanent loss of function on your face, neck, or hands.
Several other benefits may be available through workers’ compensation, including the opportunity to attend vocational rehabilitation for qualifying workers. Workers’ compensation also provides survivors and dependents of someone who died in a job site accident with funeral benefits and burial costs. Additionally, surviving spouses are entitled to 66 percent of their late spouse’s weekly income as long as they remain dependent and do not remarry
Let Us Review Your Case for Free
Only about half of all workers’ compensation claims go smoothly according to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website. The employer or the insurance company disputes the other half, and this leads to a delay in benefits and a giant headache for the injured worker.
If your employer or the insurance company disputes your claim, give us a call and let us look into your case for free. We can help you understand the process to get the benefits you deserve, as well as protect your rights and best interests. The dispute resolution process is complex. We can help you fight for your workers’ compensation payments, letting you focus on getting better.
We Can Handle Your Appeal
If you suffered an on-the-job injury in Massachusetts but your employer or the insurance company refused to issue you the benefits you deserve, our workers’ compensation team can help you appeal the decision. We can gather evidence and build a strong case to try to get you approved for your full benefits during the appeals process.
In Massachusetts, we file workers’ compensation appeals with the Department of Industrial Accidents and follow the department’s process to attempt to get you the benefits you and your family need. We will walk through this process with you, standing beside you every step of the way.
Workers’ Compensation FAQ’s
- What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation is insurance that provides wage replacement and covers your medical bills if you’re hurt on the job and can’t return to work right away or you can’t continue doing the same work you did before. All employers in Massachusetts are required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance.
- What injuries or illnesses are covered by workers’ compensation?
Only work-related injuries or illnesses are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Conditions eligible for workers’ compensation benefits include:
- carpal tunnel syndrome or other repetitive stress injuries.
- cuts, burns, scrapes, or broken bones.
- hernias or back problems caused by overexertion.
- illnesses from toxic substance exposure.
- infectious diseases spread at work.
- scarring of the face, neck, or hands.
At Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, we’re dedicated to helping you get the workers’ compensation benefits you’re owed for your work-related illness or injury. Don’t let your on-the-job accident put you in a financial bind—call us at (800) 577-5188 or fill out our free contact request form, today.
- Who can get workers’ compensation benefits?
If you’re an employee in Massachusetts, you’re most likely covered by workers’ compensation benefits if you get sick or hurt on the job.Workers who qualify for benefits include:
- employed family members of the business owners.
- full and part-time workers.
- seasonal workers.
- undocumented workers.
- volunteers or unpaid employees.
- workers paid in cash.
- Can I choose my own doctor or hospital?
Yes, you’re free to choose your own doctor or hospital for treatments and checkups.
- When should I hire a workers’ compensation attorney?
If your work-related injury or illness is severe enough to prevent you from returning to work, it’s important to hire a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you get Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, the sooner we can begin collecting evidence and building a strong workers’ compensation claim for you.
- How much does hiring a workers’ compensation attorney cost?
At Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, our Boston workers’ compensation attorneys use the Stone Cold Guarantee®. That means you don’t owe us anything unless we get money for you. We believe you should focus on getting better, while our Boston workers’ compensation attorneys focus on getting you paid.
Injured at Work? Better Phone Stone
If you’ve suffered a work-related injury in Massachusetts, the workers’ compensation lawyers at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers can help you file a strong claim so you can get the maximum benefits as quickly as possible. Don’t put your ability to collect workers’ compensation in the hands of an insurance company–talk to an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer who will fight for the benefits to which you may be entitled. If you or someone you know is unable to work due to a work-related injury, contact Jason Stone Injury Lawyers today. We’ll fight for your best interests during every step of the claims process so you can focus on getting better. To schedule a time to talk to a member of our legal team, call (800) 577-5188 or fill out a free initial consultation form today.