Our Massachusetts workers’ compensation lawyers know how important it is that you take the necessary time off work to recover and that you continue to get paid. We have helped all kinds of employees, including office workers, construction workers, government employees, truck drivers, delivery persons, and restaurant workers receive the benefits they are owed in a timely fashion.
For over 50 years, Altman & Altman, LLP has successfully represented injured workers and their families with workers’ compensation claims and disputes against employees and insurance companies in the Greater Boston Area, as well as throughout Massachusetts. Our Work injury lawyers are available around the clock to answer your questions or to provide you a free case consultation. To speak to an experienced workers compensation lawyer give us a call at 617 492 3000.
We handle all types of Workers' Compensation Cases, including, but not limited to:
- Failure to Pay Wages
- Scaffolding Accidents
- Crane Accidents
- Construction Site Blasting Accidents
- Other Work Related Injuries
- Industrial Accidents
- OSHA Workplace Investigations
- Work Injuries
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- Trench Accidents and Safety Requirements
Workers’ compensation law is supposed to guarantee specific benefits to workers that get hurt on the job—even if the worker is the one that caused the accident. In Massachusetts, workers’ compensation benefits usually include coverage of your medical costs, disability payments, 60% of your average income (or greater if your injury resulted in a disability), compensation for permanent disfigurement or scars, compensation for loss of function, vocational retraining if the injury prevents the worker from returning to their original job, and death benefits for immediate family members if the worker was killed on the job. In return for this “guarantee,” an employee is not allowed to sue his or her employer for any work-related injuries.
Unfortunately, receiving the benefits that you are owed is not always easy, and employers and their insurance companies have been known to claim that an injury did not happen at work or that a worker is entitled to less benefits. An insurer or employer may also try pressuring an employee to return to work sooner than what the doctor is recommending.
If your claim for workers’ compensation benefits is being denied or disputed, you should contact our Boston workers’ compensation law firm immediately. Altman & Altman LLP has successfully argued our clients’ cases before the Industrial Accident Board and other presiding bodies so that benefits (and back benefits) are paid immediately. We have also protected clients from insurers or employees that have tried to prematurely cut off compensation benefits, and, when necessary, we have negotiated for the highest possible injury settlements and verdicts.Types of Benefits an Injured Worker is Entitled to:
MA Workers’ Compensation – Partial Disability Benefits
Partial disability benefits are available to those workers who have been injured and, as a result, are limited in the type or amount of work that they can perform. In MA, partial disability workers’ compensation benefits enable injured workers to collect 60% of the wages the worker would have earned but for the injury. Alternatively, an injured worker may receive 60% of the wages that he or she has lost as a result of a work injury. Such disability benefits are paid on a weekly basis.
MA Workers’ Compensation – Disfigurement and/or Loss of Function
When a worker is injured on the job in Massachusetts, he or she can receive workers’ compensation benefits for resulting disfigurement(s) and/or loss of function of a body part. Disfigurements, such as scars on the face, neck or arm, give rise to disability benefits for an injured worker who may recover financial damages for his or her condition. In addition, workers who have loss of use of their legs, arms or other body part are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
MA Workers’ Compensation – Total Disability Benefits
In MA, workers’ compensation total disability benefits are available to those who are unable to perform any work as a result of their injury. Total disability benefits entitle an injured worker to receive 60% of his or her average weekly wage (up to a maximum dollar amount established by MA statute). Injured workers may continue to receive total disability benefits for up to 156 weeks (3 years). In MA, the average weekly wage is based on the average compensation of the injured employee over the 52 week period prior to sustaining an injury on the job.
MA Workers’ Compensation – Total & Permanent Disability
Under Massachusetts law, an individual who is prevented from working for an extended period of time as a result of an injury sustained on the job may be entitled to total & permanent disability benefits. Total and permanent disability benefits allow an injured worker to recover 60% of his or her average weekly wages. In addition to a percentage of weekly earnings, injured workers can receive payments to offset the increase in the cost of the worker’s living expenses following the injury. Total and permanent disability benefits can continue to be paid to the worker for life.
MA Workers’ Compensation – Death Benefits
When a loved one has been killed on the job, there is undoubtedly no amount of money that can compensate you for your loss. Yet the surviving spouse and/or the children of the worker may bring a workers’ compensation claim in order to receive financial relief for their loss. The spouse/children of the deceased worker may be entitled to recover 60% of the average weekly wage that the worker would have earned and other benefits depending on the circumstances.Third Party Lawsuits
Even if you do receive the full benefits that you are owed, this may not fully cover all of your injury costs, especially if you are living with a traumatic brain injury, a serious burn injury, a spinal cord injury, or another kind of catastrophic injury. Altman & Altman LLP will thoroughly investigate your work injury case and examine all avenues of recovery for you. There may be third parties, such as the manufacturer of a defective machine or a negligent contractor, whose negligence or carelessness caused your work accident. Our Boston, Massachusetts personal injury lawyers or wrongful death attorneys can file claims or lawsuits against all negligent parties so that you can receive the compensation that they owe you.
To ask for your free consultation with Altman & Altman LLP, call 617.492.3000 or 800.481.6199 (toll free) or contact us online. Our Boston, Massachusetts workers’ compensation law firm is located in Cambridge, and we represent clients all over Massachusetts.