Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Workers’ compensation is a complicated legal process, one that most people engage ineffectively. Unsuccessful attempts are more than just unfortunate, too. For many people injured at work, obtaining full compensation for these injuries is a critical income source to pay bills and keep a roof over their heads.
At Dardeno LLP, we understand the difficulties you are facing after a work-related injury. Our lawyers will take the time to understand your story, and we will use our extensive knowledge and experience to help you through the legal process of obtaining the benefits you need. Dardeno LLP is a prestigious law firm, dedicated to the people of Boston and the surrounding areas of Massachusetts since our founding in 1950.
I was hurt at work. What should I do?
Immediately seek medical attention and inform your boss or manager of your injuries. Your employer must take action and see to it that you receive the medical treatment your injury requires at no cost to you.
Depending on the nature of your injuries, you could be out of work for an uncertain amount of time. You may qualify for replacement wages such as 60% of your gross weekly wage for up to 156 weeks. You must apply for these and other types of benefits.
Can I still apply for workers’ compensation if I caused the accident?
Yes. Massachusetts allows all workers with injuries to apply for benefits, even if you caused your accident.
What kind of ‘benefits’ does workers’ compensation provide?
Workers’ compensation generally pays for your medical expenses, wage replacement of up to 60% of your income. Depending on the type of injury, your payments may be higher, especially if you have permanent scars or disabilities. Your compensation may include payment for rehabilitation training and loss of function.
Can I file for workers’ compensation and sue my employer?
No. Massachusetts’ workers’ compensation benefits are an exchange for an employee’s right to sue their employer for work-related injuries.
Will workers’ compensation cover all expenses of my injury?
Not always. You may receive full benefits from your workers’ compensation claim, but catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries or serious burns frequently incur a lifetime of expenses and rehabilitative costs. We can help you explore legal options to pursue compensation from potentially liable third parties.
What are “third parties” in a workers’ compensation claim?
Your catastrophic injuries may be a result of a dangerous or defective product or a negligent subcontractor on the job. Manufacturing corporations can be financially responsible if there is evidence of carelessness or negligence in the manufacture of their product. Contractors and subcontractors on a job may also be held accountable for their negligent action or inaction that results in catastrophic injuries.
Do I need a lawyer for my workers’ compensation claim?
While you can do the first steps on your own, an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can facilitate getting the compensation you deserve for all of your injuries. Filing for benefits can be complex. Your employer’s insurance company representative may try to minimize your injury or claim your injury has occurred outside your scope of employment. Sometimes, employers try to get workers back on the job sooner than their doctors recommend.
My workers’ compensation claim is being denied. Can you help me?
Yes, we may be able to help you. Our attorneys provide a free case evaluation if your employer is disputing or denying your claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Our attorneys at Dardeno LLP have successfully argued our clients’ cases before the Department of Industrial Accidents and other presiding bodies so that benefits (and back benefits) are subject to immediate payment. We have also protected clients from insurers or employees that have tried to prematurely cut off compensation benefits, and, when necessary, we have negotiated for the highest possible injury settlements and verdicts.
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Do not wait until it is too late. The sooner you get us involved in your case, the more we can do to help you.