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Massachusetts Workers Compensation

Workers compensation is a program entitling those who have been injured at work certain compensation or benefits. Medical costs, disability benefits, rehabilitation treatment, and lost wages may be recovered. Employers are responsible for maintaining a workers compensation insurance that covers employees in the event of injury or illness.

Workplace injuries covered by worker's compensation laws include but are not limited to slip-and-falls, burns, lacerations, loss of vision or hearing, illnesses contracted on the job.

What to do When You Have Been Injured at Work

If you've been hurt on the job, take steps to get the medical care you require. Tell your employer about the injury, how it occurred, and whether you require any additional medical treatment. Not notifying your employer in a timely manner could risk your ability to receive benefits, so don't avoid this step. When you do get medical treatment, inform your physician that the injury is work-related. Then contact an injury attorney to understand whether you are entitled to any further benefit. Worker's Compensation claims are treated differently than traditional negligence claim. The legal system has been established to protect both employers and employees, but with an aim of resolving the matter through an administrative process, rather than through trial court.

Different Kinds of Benefits

Employees injured at work may be entitled to medical care, rehabilitation, disability, and death benefits, regardless if it was the employer's fault. The fault issue is the main distinction between worker's comp cases and traditional negligence cases. In negligence cases, it's upon the victim to prove the injury was the defendant's fault. In a worker's compensation claim, fault is not the issue. Rather, the question is whether the injury occurred within the scope of the injured's employment.

Once you receive worker's compensation, you generally give up your right to sue your employer for additional compensation. If another person or party was responsible for your injury, you may be able to bring separate suit against them. For example, if a product malfunctions, you may be able to sue the manufacturer or if another employee was operating equipment and injured you, the employee may have liability.

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