Articles Posted in Workers’ Compensation

We all depend on our jobs to support ourselves and our families, which is why a Massachusetts workplace accident can have such a devastating physical, emotional and financial effect on a person’s life. If you have been injured or your family member has been killed in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The team at The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates P.C. thoroughly understands Massachusetts’ labor laws and can help you get the results you rightfully deserve.

A construction worker died last month in an elementary school as he was working on a septic tank after he was fatally hit by a crane. The incident took place at Willard Elementary School where emergency crews pronounced the 55-year-old man dead at the scene of the accident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched an investigation into the matter but a preliminary investigation shows that the accident was caused by some sort of apparent mechanical failure. The man’s identity has not been released to the public.

Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation

Workers who are injured or become ill as a result of an accident at work may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits under Massachusetts law. The type of benefits an injured employee will be entitled to will depend heavily on the extent of the injuries sustained, but workers may receive benefits such as compensation for reasonable and necessary medical care; payment for lost wages; compensation for permanent loss of bodily function or disfigurement and vocational training. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, which means that the injured employee may be entitled to benefits regardless of who was to blame for the workplace accident.

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Dealing with a work-related injury can be incredibly daunting. If you have been hurt on-the-job, you need to reach out to an experienced Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorney who understands how to protect the rights of workers. With over two decades of combined experience, we are committed to asserting your rights to receiving the benefits you deserve, including medical care. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns every step of the way.

Injuries Covered by Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation

Workers who are injured or become ill as a result of an accident or incident within the course and scope of employment may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. For example, if a delivery worker gets into an auto accident and sustains injuries while on the way to drop off a package, that worker may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, including medical benefits to treat his or her injuries.

Medical Benefits: What’s Covered?

The Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Act provides benefits for the payment of medical costs incurred as a result of a work-related injury or illness. The insurance pays for any tests, procedures and prescription drugs that are “reasonable and necessary” and “causally related” to the work injury. This obligation continues as long as treatment is necessary and may even extend over the course of the worker’s life. Medical benefits may include the following:

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If you have lost a family member in a fatal workplace accident, you need to reach out to an experienced Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorney who can help. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates P.C. , we can aggressively advocate for your rights to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. With years of experience, we understand how to navigate these cases in a compassionate yet vigorous manner.

Given the nature of their work, workers in the construction industry are inevitably more susceptible to injuries or death as compared to other types of workers like office workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that one-fifth of workplace deaths across the country in 2015 were in the construction industry. Dubbed the “fatal four,” the four leading causes of death within the construction industry are falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions, and being caught/in-between equipment, objects, or collapsing structures.

OSHA has set forth a number of safety regulations for employers to follow in order to minimize the risk of injury for their employees. Unfortunately, many employers fail to adhere to these regulations, creating unsafe work environments that lead to serious injuries and even death.

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With the surge of online shopping and ride-sharing services, there are more cars than ever on the roadways and highways. If you or someone close to you was injured in an on-the-job delivery vehicle accident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates P.C., our skilled Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorneys can analyze the facts of your case and determine your legal rights and options. With over 25 years of experience, we understand how to protect the interests of our clients in these complex claims.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 1.4 million people work as delivery truck drivers throughout the country. Different types of trucks may be used to make deliveries, such as box trucks, large vans, flatbed trucks, pick up trucks, and customized trucks. Common causes of delivery vehicle accidents that end up injuring delivery drivers include but are not limited to:

  • Excessive speeding;