Unfortunately, work-related injuries and deaths are all too common. While people in certain professions, such as construction workers, are more susceptible to suffering harm than others, even people in less obviously dangerous fields can suffer on-the-job injuries. If you or someone close to you has sustained a workplace injury, it is important to reach out to a Plymouth County workers’ compensation lawyer who understands what you are going through. Based in the Kingston area, Michael S. Mehrmann can assess the merits of your case and guide you through the legal process.Pursuing Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Massachusetts
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that 4,836 workers were killed and many thousands more were injured on the job across the United States in 2015. In Massachusetts, there were a total of 69 fatal workplace injuries in that same year. Some common causes include falls, exposure to hazardous materials, repetitive stress injuries in the office setting, and car accidents on the job.
Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that pays monetary benefits to workers who become injured, ill, or disabled as a result of a workplace injury. The insurance policy is paid entirely by the employer and is free for the employee. Typically, workers’ compensation is an “exclusive remedy,” meaning that an injured worker cannot sue the employer for negligence except in limited cases. Instead, in most cases, the only recourse of an injured Massachusetts worker is to go through the workers’ compensation system. Retaining a workers’ compensation attorney can help Plymouth County residents assess their options.
In cases involving permanent injuries, such as the loss of limbs, paralysis, or brain injuries, the impact of the injuries can last for years or for the rest of the victim’s life. Under Massachusetts law, workers’ compensation provides benefits for these injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, disability, death benefits, funeral costs, and any other costs associated with being injured on the job. It is important to note that workers’ compensation does not cover pain and suffering, as an ordinary personal injury claim would.
The exact amount and type of benefits to which a worker will be entitled will depend on the specific nature and extent of the injuries suffered. A Plymouth County workers’ compensation attorney can advise you on which of the following types of disability benefits may be available in your situation:
Partial disability benefits: these benefits are available to workers who have been injured and, as a result, cannot perform their work at the level that they could prior to the injury. These workers are entitled to collect 60 percent of the wages that they would have earned but for the injury. These benefits are paid weekly.
Temporary total disability: these benefits are available to workers who are unable to work for a certain time as a result of their work injury. These workers can receive 60 percent of what their average weekly wage was prior to the injury or illness. Unlike permanent and partial disability benefits, there is a limit on how long a worker can receive these benefits. Temporary total disability benefits can be paid for up to 156 weeks, or three years.
Permanent and total disability: these benefits are available to workers who are unable to work for an extended period of time due to a work injury. If your injury qualifies as a permanent and total disability, you will be entitled to receive two-thirds of what your average weekly wage was prior to your injury. These types of benefits may be paid for the rest of the worker’s life.
If you or someone in your family suffered a workplace injury, we can help. At the Law Offices of Michael S. Mehrmann, we understand how to navigate these types of claims and protect your rights at every step of the way. You can rest assured that we are ready to pursue the full scope of the benefits that may be available. We assist victims in communities such as Kingston, Plymouth, Marshfield, Hanson, Pembroke, Carver, and Duxbury. For a free consultation, call (781) 585-3911 or contact us online. We are also available to help people pursue Social Security Disability benefits following a serious injury.