Workers Compensation Attorney

To Workers Compensation Attorney Soprano,

Thank you for representing me in my workers’ compensation claim. I appreciate all your time and effort and more important, your understanding of my role as a nurse and the responsibilities that come with that. It has been a learning experience and in time my future will be brighter because of it. You have a great mix of care and fight! Continued success to you!!
Mary L.

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Workers Compensation Attorney Can Determine if You’re Eligible

I was injured at work and don’t know where to start!

The best practice is to report any injury even if you don’t think you have been hurt.

If you did not report the injury immediately when it happened, report it as soon as possible thereafter.  Do not be put off by a supervisor or boss who tells you that you only had 24 hours to report an injury – THIS IS NOT THE LAW.

If you think you have been injured, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Be sure to tell the doctor or hospital that the injury occurred at work.

What if I can’t afford a lawyer?

Lawyers work on a contingency fee basis in workers’ compensation cases.  This means that they do not charge a fee until the case is resolved.  Normally, you do not need to provide the worker’s compensation attorney with any money at the beginning of the case.

Would you want to go into a battle without any armor or weapons to defend yourself? Insurance companies have lawyers to represent them, don’t you want to be equally prepared? Read more here.

I don’t know whom to believe.

The worker’s compensation system is a complex and confusing process.  It is difficult to know whether the information you’re being given is correct and/or complete.  Only someone who is working on your behalf can be relied upon to provide you with all the information that you need to make decisions about your case.

Will I qualify?

If you are an employee* injured during the course and scope of your employment, you are covered under the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Law.
*There are very limited exceptions to this rule.

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Do I still need a lawyer if the worker’s comp insurance company is paying my medical bills and sending me weekly checks?

Depending on the circumstances, even if the worker’s comp insurance company is making all the payments it should be at the moment, it may be able to stop those payments with as little as a seven-day notice in the mail.  The fact that a worker’s compensation insurance company is paying for your medical expenses and lost earnings now does not mean you should be unprepared for what could happen in the future.

What benefits can I expect?

If you are totally disabled by a work related injury you are entitled to 60% of your gross average weekly wage for any week you are unable to work.   Partial disability benefits are also available if you are capable of working in a limited capacity.  These benefits vary in every case.

In addition to weekly cash payments, you are entitled to receive medical treatment that is reasonable and necessary to treat your work related injury.

There are a number of other benefits that may be available depending on the particular circumstances of your case.  These can include monetary compensation for scarring or disfigurement or loss of function in a body part, dependents benefits, cost of living benefits, and vocational rehabilitation benefits.

Is my employer required to keep my job open when I’m out of work due to a work injury?

There is no requirement under the Massachusetts Worker’s Compensation Act that requires an employer to keep your job open for you while you are out of work from a work-related injury. However, you may have such rights under a Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a union contract or collective bargaining contract, or as a potential reasonable accommodation under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Can my worker’s comp. adjuster tell me I have to use a particular pharmacy for my medications?

No.  The worker’s compensation law does not allow an insurance company to require you to use a certain pharmacy for your medications.  You are free to use the one that is the most convenient for you.

The Process

  • Initially you will speak with one of our highly trained staff about the nature of your problem.  Once the background information is obtained an attorney will contact you to discuss the matter further.
  • In many cases, clients will come in for an initial appointment after the phone conference.
  • There is no charge for the initial consultation in a Workers’ Compensation or Social Security case.
  • In most cases, representation will commence after the initial appointment.  As we work on a contingent fee basis in Workers’ Compensation and Social Security cases, clients are not expected to pay any attorney’s fees out of pocket. We typically are paid at the conclusion or settlement of the case.