So much of our time is spent at work that the possibility of an accident at work is high.  One could slip and fall in an office or suffer other types of injuries.  Construction accidents are common, as there are many potentially dangerous conditions on construction sites.  If you’ve had a work injury of any type, contact us to talk about what to expect regarding replacement wages and payment of your medical bills related to your injury.

More About Workers’ Compensation

Most employees are covered by workers’ compensation insurance.  If you’ve suffered a work-related injury or illness or are a dependent of a worker killed on the job, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ Compensation pays medical bills related to the injury or illness, pays for lost wages, and sometimes provides vocational rehabilitation for workers who qualify.  The Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) oversees the Workers’ Compensation system in Massachusetts.

  • You must be disabled for five full or partial calendar days to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
  • The days need not be consecutive.
  • You have four years from injury or realization that your injury or illness is work-related to file a claim.
  • If you’re disabled for less than five full or partial calendar days, you can file a “medical only” claim.
  • Medical only claims are reported to your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer, not the DIA.
  • If the insurer denies your claim for benefits, even medical only claims, you can appeal it to the DIA.

Documentation of your injury is crucial in work injury cases.  If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a work-related accident, it’s important to contact a qualified work injury attorney soon after the accident, so no documentation is missed that may be needed for your claim.

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