Billerica, Massachusetts Workers Compensation Attorney
Located in Middlesex County, Billerica, Massachusetts is a working town. This work comes in all types. Billerica houses pharmaceutical companies, manufacturing, and a vibrant local economy of small businesses. However, no matter what industry you’re in, a fact of life is that work injuries do happen. No one likes to think of them, but it’s only a matter of time before you or a loved one gets hurt on the job. If you do have an injury, hopefully it’s minor. If not, luckily Massachusetts has a system of Workers Compensation to help injured workers through these tough times.What is Workers Compensation?
Workers Compensation is a system where injured workers receive lost wage replacement and have their medical bills paid for. Whether you’re doing biomedical research or hanging drywall, if you’re hurt while working, your employer is required to have workers compensation insurance.What if My Case is Denied?
Obviously, the quickest and easiest way to get benefits is for the insurance company to voluntarily pay you. That works well in some cases, but these companies are notorious for denying cases that seem obvious to most people.
For those denied cases, there is a system set up where injured workers can file a claim and get a judge to order the insurance company to pay. This all takes place at the Department of Industrial Accidents. The unfortunate part is that while this system was set up to get workers their benefits quickly, even this relatively fast-tracked process can take a few months to play itself out.
While that’s better than the years it can take to get a trial in Court, the fact remains that for many, that’s a few months that you will be going without benefits. A silver lining is that when you do end up getting to see the judge, it’s possible for him/her to order the insurance company to pay you retroactive benefits.Do I Need a Lawyer?
Most injured workers understand that if the insurance company denies their case, they should hire a lawyer quickly. The longer you wait, the longer it takes to get benefits. But, many workers don't understand that even if you think you’re getting all the benefits you’re entitled to, it still makes sense to hire a lawyer.
There are many benefits to hiring a lawyer early in the process:
- A lawyer can make sure that you’re getting paid the right amount. This is especially important for people who were working two or more jobs when they were injured.
- A lawyer can help you with seeing the right doctors.
- A lawyer can set you up to be in the best situation to settle with the insurance company.
- Most importantly, a lawyer can have your file ready for when the insurance company inevitably terminates your benefits, requiring you to get in front of the judge quickly to get your benefits re-started.
Experienced Billerica, Massachusetts Workers Compensation Lawyers
At Marcotte Law Firm, our lawyers have decades of experience representing injured workers. If you were hurt on the job, you likely have many questions, no matter your situation. We take the time to sit down with our clients and explain the process so that you can feel confident that you’re making the right choices.
If you’ve been injured on the job, contact the Workers Comp Lawyers at Marcotte Law Firm for a free, no obligation consultation.