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Worker falls down shaft in construction site accident

While workplace injuries can happen with any job in Massachusetts, jobs are more inherently dangerous than others. One that places workers at risk, no matter their caution and vigilance, is construction work. Because these jobs can leave workers so prone to injury, it is imperative that those who suffer injuries in a construction accident understand their rights to seek workers' compensation and perhaps, consider a legal filing for their injuries.

When can workers' compensation benefits be stopped or modified?

Massachusetts workers who have been injured or suffer a condition on the job that prevents them from working will generally be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. The insurer is responsible to make these payments for the required duration and in the proper amount based on the circumstances. However, there are times when the insurer who is making the weekly payments can modify the workers' compensation benefits the work accident victim gets or can stop them entirely. It is important to know the situations in which this can happen.

Workers' compensation and impartial medical examiners

Massachusetts workers who are injured on the job or suffer a workplace-related illness will want to pursue workers' compensation benefits. Not all cases are settled quickly and there might be a dispute as to whether the worker's application will be approved or not. It might be necessary to have an impartial medical examiner examine the worker. Knowing the law in relation to this situation is imperative so the worker is prepared.

What is temporary total incapacity workers' compensation?

When Massachusetts workers are injured on the job, they should know that they can seek workers' compensation benefits. However, there might be some confusion as to the benefits they are eligible to receive and how the amount is calculated. There are several levels of benefits, including temporary total incapacity benefits, partial incapacity benefits, and permanent and total incapacity benefits. This post will center on temporary total incapacity benefits under workers' compensation claims.

Work accident victim suffers leg injury after trench collapses

Construction and maintenance are a constant in Massachusetts or any municipality. This is vital for the safety of the public and functionality of basic services. However, it is important to remember that whenever there is a project underway, there is the danger of a work accident. This is when it is important to remember how workers' compensation benefits are essential to help a work accident victim cover lost wages and pay for medical expenses. When there is a problem with the workers' compensation or any other issue, having legal help for the case is imperative.

Proposed law protects public workers from an OSHA violation

In Massachusetts, workers who are injured might believe that they are protected by a variety of laws providing them workers' compensation benefits and that any violation for safety would be investigated based on federal laws under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. That, however, is not the case for public sector workers. Currently, workers in the public sector are bound by the standards that state and local governments set. For a work accident victim or those who are concerned about dangerous conditions on the job, this can be problematic.

What if workers' compensation is denied or not paid in full?

Massachusetts workers who are injured on the job might expect workers' compensation benefits to cover their losses and pay for treatment. However, it is not guaranteed that the insurer will approve of the benefits. There are certain steps to take if the insurer denies the claim or does not provide all the workers' compensation benefits that the person believes he or she should receive. When this happens, it is imperative to understand what to do and to have legal help in getting what is owed.

What medical benefits do I get under workers' compensation?

One of the biggest questions that an injured Massachusetts worker will have is how the medical expenses will be covered through workers' compensation. There are certain rules for who qualifies and how the medical costs will be paid. Understanding these factors is important when a person is injured on the job or has a condition or illness related to the work that they do and needs medical care as a result.

What if there is a dispute in my workers' compensation claim?

When a Massachusetts worker is injured on the job or suffers a condition or illness due to the work they do, they might believe they are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Sometimes, however, there are issues surrounding workers' compensation claims that cause problems for the person to get the benefits. There are four steps in settling a workers' compensation dispute. They are: conciliation, conference, hearing, and reviewing board. The Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) helps to settle these disputes.

Is a lump sum payment an option in my workers' compensation case?

For Massachusetts residents who are injured on the job and are receiving workers' compensation benefits, there are times when a lump sum payment is a potential option. Before accepting a lump sum, it is important to understand various important factors that accompany it. The lump sum is a contract between the worker, the insurer and, in some instances, the employer. The lump sum payment will be made in lieu of the workers' compensation payments and possibly other benefits. A judge will hear the case when it is decided whether a lump sum should be paid and determine if it is in the person's best interest.

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