Common Workplace Injuries in Worcester
Workplace injuries or illnesses can happen without warning, and they may impact an employee’s quality of life for an extended period of time. Sadly, some of these injuries may leave workers unable to earn a living or provide for their families.
On average, 31,041 workers’ compensation claims are filed in Massachusetts each year, according to research conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA).
Injuries that commonly result in workers’ compensation include:
- Back injuries due to overexertion
- Broken or fractured bones
- Chemical poisoning
- Falls or slips
- Injuries from repetitive movements, like tendonitis and carpal tunnel
- Spinal cord or head injuries from work-related vehicle accidents
- Stress-related health conditions
These are only a few of the injuries that may qualify for workers’ compensation. Even if the injury you suffered is not listed above, you may still have a case.
Workers’ Compensation Insurance in Worcester, Massachusetts
Workers who are hurt on the job or suffer from a work-related illness are usually covered by workers’ compensation insurance, which employers are often required to provide.
Typically, these benefits pay for the employee’s medical expenses and a portion of their wages until they can get back to work.
Unfortunately, half of all injured worker claims are disputed by an insurer or employer.
“If your claim is disputed, it is strongly advised that you seek legal counsel to protect your rights and interests, due to the complexity of the workers’ compensation law.”
– Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Industries producing the most workers’ compensation claims in Massachusetts include:
- Health care
- Transportation and warehousing
- Wholesale trade operations
In some cases, workers may be able to hold a third party accountable for their injuries, like property owners, contractors, or product manufacturers.
Our experienced workers’ comp attorneys in Worcester can investigate the circumstances of your accident and determine who is at fault in addition to pursuing compensation on your behalf — at no out-of-pocket cost to you.
Types of Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Benefits
In Massachusetts, there are several different types of workers’ compensation benefits, including:
- Temporary Total Incapacity Benefits: Refers to when an injury or illness leaves the worker unable to work for 6 or more days
- Partial Incapacity Benefits: Available when a worker can still work but lost part of their earning capacity, including working fewer hours or switching to a job that has a lower pay rate
- Permanent and Total Incapacity Benefits: Refers to when an employee is permanently unable to do any kind of work due to a work-related injury or illness
- Medical Benefits: If a work injury or illness requires medical attention or treatment, the employee may qualify for medical benefits
- Permanent Loss of Function and Disfigurement Benefits: Available for work-related injuries that cause disfigurement, scarring, or permanent loss of certain functions
- Vocational Rehabilitation: Training for a new career that is provided to those with permanent function limitations from an injury
Additional workers’ comp benefits may be available for the spouses and children of any workers who may have passed away due to work-related injuries or illnesses.
To determine your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits in Worcester, call (800) 995-1212 now for a free case review.
How Our Worcester Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Can Help
At Sokolove Law, we are committed to helping clients understand the legal process and removing the barriers that often prevent people from filing a lawsuit.
Our team will work to determine whether the direct actions of your employer or the negligence of a third party played a role in your injuries, all while fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Unfortunately, some insurance companies will deny or delay legitimate workers’ compensation claims. Even if your employer doesn’t have insurance coverage, we may be able to access the financial resources you need.
If you have a case, our workers’ compensation lawyers will handle every step of the legal process for you, so you can focus on your health and loved ones.
Our workers’ comp lawyers in Worcester can:
- Provide you with a free case review to determine if you have a case
- Investigate the circumstances of your injury and gather evidence to support your claim
- File your Worcester workers’ compensation lawsuit within any state-specific deadlines
- Negotiate financial payments or work-related injury settlements on your behalf
If a work injury settlement is unable to be reached, we’re prepared to present your case in court before a judge and jury.
Additionally, there are no upfront costs or hourly fees to work with our team. We only get paid if we secure compensation for you.
Let us handle the legal legwork for you. Reach out to our team today to get started.
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Pursuing Worcester Workers’ Compensation Lawsuit Settlements
Employers — and their insurance providers — may fight hard to save themselves money by avoiding paying out adequate workers’ compensation.
Our Worcester work injury lawyers have the resources and experience necessary to stand up to the companies preventing you from getting the compensation owed to you.
To date, our attorneys have recovered over $9.3 Billion on behalf of our clients across the country, including the following work injury lawsuit settlements:
- $500,000 for a worker in Fall River who was bitten by a dog at work
- $360,000 for a technician in Ware who suffered a compressed fracture on his lower spine at work
- $200,000 for a contractor in Fitchburg who suffered a spinal cord injury after slipping on ice while switching company cars
- $200,000 for a baker in New Bedford who suffered a bulging disc on a pinched nerve
- $149,000 for a worker in Leominster who was in a car accident on the job and suffered a sprained knee
- $120,000 for an employee in Centerville who needed surgery after an injury at work
Let us get you the money you deserve. Get started now with a free legal case review.
Let Our Workplace Injury Lawyers in Worcester Fight for You
At Sokolove Law, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that an unexpected injury can have on your life, especially when it prevents you from doing your job.
Our compassionate workers’ compensation lawyers in Worcester are prepared to fight tirelessly on your behalf.
We have a proven track record of success. We'll thoroughly investigate the cause of your accident and identify any evidence that may help to prove your case in court.
Start your fight for justice now. Call (800) 995-1212 or fill out our contact form for a free, no-obligation case review.
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Worcester Workers’ Comp Lawyers FAQs
How do I file a workers’ comp claim in Massachusetts?
If you sustain a workplace injury, it’s very important to speak with an experienced worker’s compensation attorney as soon as possible to receive help with your claim and ensure you’re getting the money you deserve.
Steps to filing a legal claim for worker’s comp include:
- Contact Sokolove Law for a free, no-obligation case review
- We’ll ask you questions about the events leading up to your injury and determine who may be at fault
- We’ll file your Worcester workers’ compensation lawsuit within the statute of limitations
- We’ll negotiate a workplace injury settlement on your behalf
Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys will fight for the most compensation possible from whoever is at fault, including employers, insurance companies, and third parties.
How much does workers’ comp pay in Worcester, MA?
The amount of money you receive from worker’s compensation depends on various factors, including the extent of your disability and your salary prior to the injury.
The different types of workers’ comp benefits and their pay rates include:
- Temporary and total: 60% of your gross average weekly wage
- Temporary and partial: 75% of your temporary and total benefits amount
- Permanent and total: 66% of your gross average weekly wage
What can workers’ compensation be used to pay for?
Workers’ compensation settlements can help you pay for various expenses, including:
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages and earning capacity
- Medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Vocational training
- Funeral expenses
Call (800) 995-1212 now for help determining if you qualify for compensation.
How much does a Worcester workers’ comp attorney cost?
At Sokolove Law, there are no upfront costs or hourly fees to work with our Worcester workers’ compensation attorneys.
We work on a contingency-fee-basis, which means we only get paid if your case results in compensation.
How long after a workplace injury can you sue in Massachusetts?
You only have a limited amount of time to file a Worcester workplace injury lawsuit due to unique laws in each state known as the statute of limitations.
Once this deadline passes, you won’t be able to sue for your work injury again.
At Sokolove Law, we offer free, no-obligation case reviews. Fill out our contact form now to see if our Worcester workplace injury attorneys can help you.
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