Wakefield Workers' Compensation Attorney
The period immediately following an injury at work can often be the most crucial time in the case. It can also be the most stressful. That is because workers' compensation insurance companies will star working right away to defend against potential claims. That is why having an experienced workers comp lawyer on your side is absolutely essential.Workers Compensation - Types of Benefits
Under the MA Workers Comp Act (M.G.L. Chapter 152), if you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to certain benefits. These include weekly disability benefits, and medical benefits related to your work injury.Weekly Disability (Indemnity) Benefits:
- Section 34 - Temporary Total - if you are completely unable to work at all as a result of your injury at work, you're entitled to weekly payments of 60% of your gross, pre-injury weekly wages, for up to 3 years.
- Section 35 - Temporary Partial - if you are injured and this results in a partial disability, you could be entitled to various amounts of partial disability benefits, representing a portion of your reduced earnings, for up to 5 years. A common example is when an injury results in an employee working reduced hours. Because of the decrease in pay, partial disability provides a supplement to make up for a portion of these lost wages.
- Section 34A - Permanent and Total - if your injury results in total disability on a permanent basis, you could received weekly benefits of 66% of your gross pre-injury wages, indefinitely (ie, for the rest of your life).
Sections 13 & 30 of the MA Comp Law provide that the workers comp insurer is responsible for all medical benefits that are reasonable, necessary, and related to the injury at work. Sounds simple, but that's not often the case. Workers Comp Insurers frequently contest responsibility for the payment of medical benefits, most often on the grounds that the treatment is related to a preexisting, non-work-related condition. This is why reporting any and all injuries to your doctor is so important. Report EARLY AND OFTEN!When to Call?
As soon as possible. As said above, the insurance companies don't way, and begin looking for ways to deny benefits immediately.
At Troupe Law Office, we have been actively representing injured workers and their families for almost 50 years. Our attorney's our experts in this field, and will help ensure that your rights are protected.About Wakefield
Wakefield is a town in Middlesex County, located about 15 miles north of Boston. It has a population of approximately 25,000 people. Nearby cities and towns include Reading, Melrose, Stoneham, Lynnfield and Saugus.
It was first settled in 1638 was part of the Lynn settlement. It became part of Reading in 1644, and was incorporated into it's own town in 1812. It became known as Wakefield in 1868.
Wakefield is home to many businesses due to it's proximity to Boston, and major highways, including Route 128 and Route 93. Major Employers in Wakefield's history include Wakefield Rattan Company, American Mutual Insurance Company, and Converse.
Today, Wakefield is a mostly residential and rural area.
If you have sustained a work-related injury, it is very important that you speak to a Wakefield Workers’ Comp Lawyer as soon as possible. A Wakefield Workers’ Compensation lawyer can help ensure that your rights are adequately protected.Workers’ Compensation Benefits
The Massachusetts Workers' Compensation law is located at M.G.L. Chapter 152. This statute was originally enacted in the early 1900s. Since that time, it has undergone many changes, revisions, and updates. Even individual cases decided at the Department of Industrial Accidents have the potential of changing the way the law is applied to individual cases.
That is why having an attorney who specializes in workers' comp law is vital to ensuring that your effectively represented following an injury at work.Troupe Law Office
At the Troupe Law Office, we have represented thousands of claimants throughout Massachusetts, including cities like Wakefield. We are experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorneys located on the North Shore of Boston, in Peabody.
If you have sustained an injury at work, or through no fault of your own, please call us at (978) 531-7401 for a free consultation.