Filing for Workers' Compensation Benefits in Massachusetts
The workers’ compensation system was established to benefit both the injured employee and the employer by eliminating the extensive amount of time and money involved in litigation. In theory, employees are to be financially compensated for the cost of medical treatment and any income that was lost as a result of their work-related injuries.
In most cases, workers’ compensation has nothing to do with fault. Whether the injury was caused by personal negligence or company neglect, it is the employer who is financially liable. For rare instances when a workplace injury is caused by someone’s negligence, our Medford lawyers from Brooks Law can determine whether a personal injury claim would be more appropriate.
To file a workers’ compensation claim, the following conditions must be met:
- You were harmed or injured on the job
- You were unable to earn full wages for five or more days
- The injury occurred within the last four years
A Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Keep Your Claim on Track
Once an employer has been notified of an on-the-job injury, it is their responsibility to report the claim to their insurance provider. They have seven calendar days to do so starting from the fifth day of missed work. From there, the insurance company has 14 days to start paying benefits to the individual that was injured or to deny the claim altogether.
In a perfect world, this process runs smoothly; however, complications often arise that delay the progress of your claim. At Brooks Law in Medford, our workers’ compensation attorneys help injured workers receive all the benefits they deserve in a timely fashion.
Call us today to schedule your free consultation.