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Report Finds that Massachusetts Teen Workers Lacked Health and Safety Training

If you have been injured at your workplace, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our seasoned Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorneys are committed to helping every injured client understand their rights under the workers’ compensation system. We understand how daunting a workplace injury can be, which is why want you to focus on your recovery while we focus on getting you the benefits you rightfully deserve.

The Findings on Teen Workers in Massachusetts

According to a recent report released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, approximately half of the teenage workers in the state who were hurt at their workplace from 2011 to 2015 indicated that they did not receive health and safety training from their employers. The report analyzed 156 interviews with teenagers who sustained injuries during that five-year timeframe. About 49 percent stated that they did not go through work-related health and safety training and half believe the injury suffered could have been prevented. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the nonfatal injury rate for teenagers is almost double to that of workers who are at least 25 years of age.

Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Law

The Massachusetts workers’ compensation statute is designed to ensure that workers who have been unable to work for five days or more due to a work-related injury or illness receive the appropriate medical treatment and wage benefits for their harm. In order to be covered by the workers’ compensation program, the injury or illness must have occurred within the course and scope of employment. In other words, the injury or illness must have happened ‘on the job.’

Workers’ compensation is a ‘no fault’ system, meaning that an injured worker will be entitled to benefits regardless of who was at fault for the workplace accident and resulting injury. In addition, workers’ compensation is an ‘exclusive remedy,’ which means that an injured worker cannot sue his or her employer for negligence, except in certain, rare cases where an exception to this rule may apply.

It is important to note that the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Act requires an employer to accept an employee as it. This means that if an incident at work aggravates a pre-existing condition in such a serious way that the employee can no longer work, the entire disability is considered work-related and the insurer is obligated to pay the benefits. 

Trusted Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

If you have sustained an on-the-job injury, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys are committed to resolving your case in a fair and efficient manner. We will thoroughly review the merits of your case and fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve. For over 25 years, we have represented the rights of injured workers throughout Massachusetts and can do the same for you. For a free consultation, call us today at 1-800-262-9200 or contact us online.

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