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Compassionate Springfield Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Helps Injured Employees Access Benefits

Seeking justice for victims of on-the-job injuries in Massachusetts

A workplace accident or job-related illness can be devastating, impacting your family, your future earning ability and your employment prospects. If you have suffered an injury on the job, you are likely feeling overwhelmed and unsure of your options. The Law Offices of Harold I. Resnic is on your side to help you get essential workers’ compensation benefits. We understand workers’ comp law because we’ve been helping injured clients get the benefits they’re entitled to for more than 40 years.

Eligibility for workers’ comp in Massachusetts

Except for employees in a few industries, workers in Massachusetts are covered by their employers’ workers’ compensation insurance — and that coverage starts from their first day on the job.

To qualify for benefits, you must suffer a work-related injury or illness or be a dependent of a worker killed on the job. You are not considered disabled until you have missed five full or partial calendar days of work due to your injury (though the days do not have to be consecutive). It does not matter who is at fault for the injury, and you do not need to prove your employer was negligent.

You should notify your employer in writing of your injury as soon as you are physically able. Your employer should then file an Employers’ First Report of Injury or Fatality (Form 101) within seven business days with the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA), which administers workers’ comp claims. Your employer should also provide its insurance carrier and you with a copy. The insurance company has 14 days to investigate your claim and determine whether you are eligible for benefits. If your employer fails to file your claim with its insurer within 30 days of your injury, however, you should report it in writing to the insurance company or complete the DIA’s Employee’s Claim (Form 110).

What workers’ compensation benefits cover

Even if your injury was not directly connected to your job, you are still entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if it occurred at your place of work or while you were involved in a work-related activity. Benefits include coverage for:

  • Medical bills related to the injury or illness
  • Necessary medical equipment
  • Prescription medications
  • Lost wages or salary
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Compensation for permanent disability or disfigurement
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Retraining costs
  • Dependants’ recovery for a worker’s death

Massachusetts provides benefits to account for lost wages in these categories:

  • Temporary total incapacity benefits. If you are unable to work for six or more full or partial calendar days, you qualify for 60 percent of your gross average weekly wage, up to a maximum set by the state, for up to 156 weeks.
  • Partial incapacity benefits. If you can still work, just not at full capacity, due to your injury or illness, you are eligible for 75 percent of what your weekly total temporary benefits would be. You can receive these benefits for up to 260 weeks.
  • Permanent and total incapacity benefits. If your workplace injury or illness leaves you permanently unable to do any kind of work, you are eligible to receive two-thirds of your average weekly wage, up to the state maximum, for as long as you are disabled. You are entitled to annual cost-of-living adjustments.

If you were injured in a construction accident or any other workplace accident, the Law Offices of Harold I. Resnic will fight to maximize your benefits.

Workers’ compensation appeals

If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied, you must immediately file an appeal. Failure to promptly appeal could prevent you from obtaining benefits. Our Springfield attorney will fight for your rights before the Reviewing Board.

Still have questions?  Check out our workers’ compensation FAQ and then call us to discuss your case.

Contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Springfield for a free consultation

For more than four decades, the Law Offices of Harold I. Resnic has worked to maximize benefits for injured workers in Massachusetts. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling 413-301-9124 or contacting us online. Our Springfield, MA law office is near Hampden Superior Court and the Mass Mutual Center. We meet with clients Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is an on-site parking garage, and we are easily accessed by public transportation.

Testimonials
  • "I was rendered totally disabled because of a car accident while my car was parked. The other driver’s insurance company has admitted that its insured was at fault but has refused to offer a fair settlement. Attorney Resnic has been aggressive in suing the insurance company for bad faith handling of my claim and is seeking three times my damages plus attorneys’ fees and costs. If you want an attorney that will fight for you, this is the guy. " - TD

  • "Attorney Harold Resnic is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and well-respected. He settled my Workers’ Compensation case for $350,000 when the employer disputed the fact that I even had an accident. He is now suing the people responsible for my injuries so that I can collect damages for my pain and Suffering." - LD

  • "I was seriously hurt in a fall on snow and ice in my employer’s parking lot. Attorney Resnic got me a generous settlement for the Workers’ Compensation claim and for my claim against the building owner and maintenance company for pain and suffering. I highly recommend Attorney Harold Resnic." - DG

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