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September 2014 Archives

Incapacity and workers compensation

Workers compensation is a form of insurance that covers employees for job related injuries and illnesses. The specifics of a worker compensation plan are determined by the state and each state has a different spin on workers compensation. In Massachusetts workers compensation is governed by the Department of Industrial Accidents. There are several types of compensation and benefits available through workers compensation plan. One of the most commonly applied types of benefits is incapacity benefits. Incapacity benefits can be broken down into three categories; temporary total, partial, and permanent and total incapacity benefits.

MA teen in stable condition after bus accident

There is a reason that states, including Massachusetts, have laws delineating the age that a person must be before they are able to obtain a driver's license. Many teens have shorter attention spans and are less able to concentrate on a single task when compared to their adult counterparts. While operating a motor vehicle is off limits without a license, riding a bike or other forms of transportation is still fair game. This puts teens on the same road as fast moving vehicles, but without the protection of a car.

The amount of recovery after a car accident can make a difference

Car accidents, nursing home neglect and many other personal injury cases all share one common feature: the disruption and harm that they can create in a person's life. A serious injury can not only have devastating and severe physical consequences, but it can also affect an individual's professional life as well. A single injury can be enough to turn a family's financial situation upside down. Returning an injured party to the position they were in before their accident is one of our firm's goals.

What is workers' compensation and who is eligible?

Workers' compensation is a relatively new idea in the legal world. In the 1800s, states passed a series of laws which allowed employees to sue their employers for damages if they were injured while on the job. In these cases the employee had to prove negligence in order to recover any damages. By 1949, decades after a U.S. Supreme Court paved the way, all U.S. states had enacted a modern version of the workers' compensation law. These new laws waived the requirement that the employee prove negligence to recover for their injury.

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