Plymouth Workers Compensation
Most people know Plymouth for its seminal role in American history – the landing of the Mayflower at Plymouth Rock. That tradition, in addition to it ideal South Shore location and proximity to Cape Cod, have resulted in tourism becoming Plymouth’s main industry. In addition, Plymouth still has an active port and strong healthcare, technical and scientific, real estate and telecommunications industries. Because of the many opportunities provided by these industries, Plymouth has a large workforce that only appears to be growing.
It is important for all workers, wherever located, to understand their rights. An unfortunate reality of being a member of the workforce is that often accidents happen on the job that affect an individual’s ability to continue working. Massachusetts, however, has a generous workers’ compensation program to protect workers who experience these accidents and give them enough compensation to recover, rehabilitate, and, if necessary, train themselves for a new job. The dedicated lawyers at the law firm of Altman & Altman have helped many injured workers file and receive workers’ compensation in the wake of accidents.
In Massachusetts, all privately employed individuals are entitled to workers’ compensation for any work-related injuries. Common injuries that occur on the job include falls, lifting injuries, exposure to harmful substances, machine injuries, and, most often, construction accidents. Our attorneys have vast experience filing workers’ compensation claims with the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA), and in determining if other avenues are available for compensation.
The benefits a worker receives under workers’ compensation insurance depends on the extent of his or her injuries. By law, workers who are injured on the job are entitled to adequate and reasonable medical care, including prescription drug reimbursement, for as long as medical care is necessary to treat the injury or illness. These benefits extend to the spouse or child of an employee who is fatally injured on the job, who are entitled to two-thirds of the deceased worker’s average weekly wage until the spouse remarries, or until the children reach 18 years old.
Although worker’s compensation benefits do not include pain and suffering damages, often there are other entities responsible for an accident outside of one’s employer who you may be able to sue in order to get these additional damages. Sometimes accidents happen due to a defective piece of machinery, or a maintenance company’s negligence. Those entities can be liable for your workplace injury, and, if so, damages are not limited to the worker’s compensation framework. Our experience attorneys thoroughly investigate each and every worker’s compensation case we handle to determine where third party liability may exist and we aggressively pursue those avenues.
With offices located in Boston and Cambridge, we serve workers throughout the Commonwealth, and we regularly travel to our clients’ homes and offices, or visit them in hospitals if necessary. Call us today for a free and confidential case consultation to learn more about your rights and options, and to begin the process of resolving your claim.