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.
Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits
The death of an employee on the job is tragic and can have a huge impact on the victim’s family. When an employee in Massachusetts dies due to a work-related illness or injury, the employee’s spouses, children and other dependent may be eligible for death benefits, also sometimes referred to as survivor benefits, through workers’ compensation. These benefits are calculated as a percentage of the average wages of the deceased in addition to funeral and burial expenses. These benefits may be paid as weekly cash benefits or as a lump sum.
It is important to note that you must notify the deceased worker’s employer right away to begin the process of getting benefits. The employer is then required to notify its insurance company of the incident. If the insurance company denies the claim, you may be able to appeal the decision.
Trusted Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you have been injured or you have lost a loved one in a workplace accident, you need to reach out to a seasoned Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorney who can help. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates P.C., we are here to protect your rights every step of the way. Workers’ compensation claims can be complex, but with over three decades of experience we understand the nuances of this area of law. To learn more about what we can do for you, call us at 1-800-262-9200 or reach us through our website.
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