Workplace injuries are an unfortunate yet common occurrence at businesses throughout the state of Massachusetts. If you or a loved one has been injured at work, knowing your rights can be the difference between receiving and not receiving what you’re legally owed for damages such as medical costs and pain and suffering.
Frank Fernandez, personal injury lawyer in Boston, can help evaluate your situation and determine if you have a legitimate reason to file a claim. Have you or a loved one been involved in or been affected by one of the following incidents/scenarios while at work?
- Burn injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Denied workers’ compensation claims
- Elevator or escalator accidents
- Excess hours
- Exempt employees
- Exposure to harmful or dangerous chemicals
- Fair Labor Standards Act (tipped employees)
- Farm accidents
- Final paycheck rules on termination dates
- Hand and wrist injuries
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Improper wage rates on public works construction projects
- Lifting injuries
- Loss of function of senses, including eyesight, hearing or motor control
- Lost wages
- Lump sum settlements
- Medical expenses
- OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Act)
- Partial disability
- Permanent loss of function, scarring and disfigurement
- Permanent total disability
- Repetitive stress injury
- Section 28 double benefits and employers willful misconduct
- Stress-related workplace injuries
- Temporary total disability benefits
- Unpaid overtime or wages
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Wage and hour law
- Wrongful death
Third-party claims can also be filed under workers’ compensation law in the state of Massachusetts. This type of claim is filed against anyone other than your employer. These cases typically occur when a third party such as a property owner or renter or a contractor is at fault for any injuries you may have suffered while working. In the event you can prove a responsible party’s negligence, you could receive compensation for damages like pain and suffering or medical expenses.
In some cases, workers’ compensation does not cover all pain and suffering or lost wages. A third-party claim is a legal method to ensure you don’t suffer financially for any expenses you’ve incurred because of a workplace injury.
For any of the above instances, there are levels of benefits you may be eligible to receive as a result of a workplace accident or injury.
Partial disability benefits—for workers whose injuries limit the type or amount of workplace functions they can perform
Disfigurement and/or loss of function benefits—for workers who have suffered disfigurement such as scars or the loss of the use of legs, arms or other body parts
Total disability benefits—for workers who have completely lost their ability to perform work functions; an injured worker can receive 60% of his/her average weekly wage (up to a maximum dollar amount) for up to three years
Workers’ compensation is meant to protect you, the employees. If you’ve been injured, harmed or affected in anyway at your workplace, don’t wait to contact the Law Office of Frank Fernandez to understand your rights. We’re experienced in all areas of workers’ compensation and will help you evaluate and build your case.