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Accidental Disability Retirement: Victory For Retirees

In a recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court case, Worcester Regional Retirement Bd. & others vs. Public Employee Retirement Admin Comm’n, the Court held an employee’s receipt of vacation or sick time (supplemental pay) in conjunction with his/her receipt of workers’ compensation benefits is not “regular compensation” and therefore, cannot be used to deny an employee …

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WHO CAN APPLY FOR ACCIDENTAL DISABILITY RETIREMENT (ADR) Any person who pays into the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or a municipal retirement system is potentially eligible for Accidental Disability Retirement (ADR) benefits if he/she becomes permanently disabled from returning to his/her prior job as a result of a work related injury. Accidental Disability Retirement (ADR) benefits …

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WHAT ARE LONG TERM AND SHORT TERM DISABILITY BENEFITS? Long Term Disability (LTD) and Short Term Disability (STD) are insurance policies often included in an employee’s benefit package from an employer.  These policies can also be purchased directly from an insurance company.  As most issues arise with LTD claims, this will be the focus of …

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Insurers Avoid Covid Claims

Workers’ Compensation Insurers Covertly Avoiding Covid Claims It appears there is a concerted effort on the part of workers’ compensation insurers and employers to avoid classifying COVID claims as work-related. Employers are being encouraged to pay sickened workers for a limited time hoping they will recover and return to work.  If an Employee is paid …

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COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Protection

COVID-19 Workers' Compensation Protection for First Responders

Workers’ Compensation Protection for First Responders, Medical Personnel and Other Workers On March 17, 2020, state legislators proposed an emergency bill to cover first responders, medical personnel and other workers for COVID-19, the Coronavirus infection.   This law applies to emergency medical technicians, emergency room and urgent care medical personnel, and emergency room and urgent care …

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Workers’ Compensation

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Workers' Compensation

When you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Under the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation law, contracting an infectious or contagious disease, like COVID-19 (Coronavirus), may be considered work-related where the nature or circumstances of the employment create such an unavoidable risk that it is considered inherent to the employment. Click below to …

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Ordered to Pay for Opiate Pain Medication

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Opiate Pain Medication A worker’s compensation insurance company was ordered to continue to pay for an employee’s opiate pain medications over 20 years after her original injury. This case was decided by the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) Reviewing Board in Fall River, Massachusetts. A case summarized by workers’ compensation Attorney Juliane Soprano. Shelly Chapin, …

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Injured Worker’s Medical Marijuana Claim Goes Up in Smoke

Injured worker’s medical marijuana claim ‘goes up in smoke’ at a time when the opioid epidemic continues to make headlines, here in Massachusetts and nationwide.  Many doctors have begun prescribing medical marijuana as an alternative to addictive opioids and narcotics for patients suffering with chronic pain. Because of this, marijuana/cannabis/THC pills and edibles are becoming …

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