Brockton Work Injury
With such a bustling, expansive culture, Brockton is the daily worksite of many workers who may be susceptible to unforeseen work accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job in Brockton or its surrounding communities of Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, and West Bridgewater, you need an experienced Brockton attorney to represent you. The lawyers at Altman & Altman, LLP, stand ready to help you – whether that means securing a settlement from insurance or pursuing an injury claim in court.
Brockton offers a plethora of opportunities for cultural, culinary, recreational, and educational opportunities for curious-minded visitors and the city's 100,000 residents. The city is home to a complex of museums celebrating the city's rich history, the long-standing Brockton Symphony Orchestra, shopping centers and restaurants, and the city's own baseball team, the Brockton Rox. The city also boasts a top-notch public education system, and is located near several colleges, including Bridgewater State University, Stonehill College, and the city's own Massasoit Community College.
Such a vibrant city relies on a vibrant working economy to function. And as we know all too well, a higher number of employees means a higher likelihood of workplace accidents and injuries.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website, 5,147 workers died on the job in 2017. A breakdown of that statistic shows that these deaths occurred at a rate of almost 100 per week or more than 14 deaths every day. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, being struck by an object, electrocutions and being caught in or between objects. Aside from deaths, there are also many workers who are injured each year with those injuries ranging in severity.
While many work-related injuries are grounds to collect workers’ compensation, not all workplace injuries are grounds for filing a personal injury claim against your employer or responsible third party. Those wishing to pursue legal action must also be prepared to prove that the company exercised negligence which led to the injury, such as failing to provide adequate safety equipment or failing to provide adequate security training for performing a dangerous job.How Long Do You Have to File a Work Injury Claim?
Pursuant to MGL c. 152 § 41 for injuries on or after January 1, 1986, a claim must be filed with the insurer within four (4) years of the date an employee becomes aware of the causal connection between their disability and their employment. In the case of the death of an employee, the claim must be within four (4) years of death. If you receive a Notification of Denial – a Form 104 – you would have four (4) years from the date you received it to appeal the denial.
A common question many work injury lawyers are asked is – what if my employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance? If that is the case, you still have outlets of assistance. A special trust fund has been set up to pay workers' compensation benefits for employees who are injured working for companies that do not have workers' compensation insurance. Employees of uninsured employers who were injured on or after December 12, 1985 can both sue their employer in a civil action and file a claim against the Worker's Compensation Trust Fund (WCTF).
If you have suffered any kind of injury while on the job, or have lost a loved one to a work-related death it is important you contact a lawyer to protect your legal rights. At Altman & Altman, LLP our attorneys have been handling work injury claims for over 50 years and have developed a proven system to achieve the results you need.
Please call us toll free and set up a time to have a free consultation with one of our many experienced work injury attorneys. Contact us online or call us at 617-492-3000 (or toll free at 800-481-6199). We are available 24/7 to speak with you.