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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Accidental Disability Retirement ADR

Accidental Disability Retirement ADR vs. Worker’s Compensation Benefits When employees of the State of Massachusetts, a town, city, or county suffer a workplace accident, they are potentially entitled to both state Worker’s Compensation benefits as well as Accidental Disability Retirement benefits (ADR). Although these benefits have elements in common there are significant differences. First, Worker’s …

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What Is PWOP and Should I Sign Form 105?

Pay Without Prejudice Period (PWOP): IF YOU RECEIVE A LETTER CONTACT A LAWYER BEFORE SIGNING IT! When you report an injury to your employer one of two things can happen: (1) the workers’ compensation insurance company (WC) will either deny benefits or (2) they will pay them. When the WC immediately agrees to pay benefits, its …

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Choosing The Right Attorney Is So Important

Choosing The Right Attorney Is So Important A client came to see me who had been denied workers’ compensation benefits.  He consulted another attorney (who actually worked for his union) who told him he did not have a case because he fell at work after he reported being dizzy from low blood pressure. After I …

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For the millions of Americans that suffer from some form of mental illness finding help is not always easy.

When Does Mental Illness Mean Disability? Many clients over the years have contacted our office looking for help as a result of mental health issues.  If the condition is severe, the person may qualify for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits.  If the condition occurred as a result of a physical or mental …

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Social Security Disability Claims During Government Shutdown 2013

ODAR (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review) discontinued activities during the federal government shut down: We have heard that, although the Boston ODAR  Judges will report for duty and all hearings already scheduled will go forward, it will be with extreme limited staff.   This will result in delays.  You may be able to contact the …

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