Lawrence, Massachusetts Workers Compensation Lawyers
Since the 1800s, Lawrence, Massachusetts has been a working town. The residents of Lawrence pride themselves on hard work for a day’s pay. An unfortunate by-product of hard work is the occasional injury. Even when workers take special caution to ensure that they are not hurt, injuries are bound to happen. Luckily the workers of today are entitled to benefits under the Workers Compensation system, whereas workers in the mills in the 1800s weren’t so lucky.What Happens If I’m Hurt At Work?
If you were injured at work, you’re entitled to Workers Compensation benefits. While there are many different types of benefits available for many situations, the majority of injured workers are looking for the insurance company to pay their lost wages and to pay for their medical bills.
The Workers Compensation system was implemented as a way to get injured workers benefits quickly, as many workers aren’t able to pay their bills if they miss a paycheck. Unfortunately, many injured workers are faced with an insurance company that denies the benefits they deserve. In that case, your only option is to file a claim with the Department of Industrial Accidents and have the judge force the insurance company to pay.Do I Need a Lawyer?
Obviously, if the insurance company is refusing to pay benefits, you’ll need a lawyer to guide you through the Workers compensation process. But, many people don’t realize that even if the insurance company is paying your benefits, it’s good to see a lawyer anyway. There are a few reasons for this.
First, it’s possible that the insurance company isn’t paying you the right amount. This is normally because the insurance company did not correctly calculate your average weekly wage, which is what determines the amount of your benefits. For example, sometimes an injured worker with a second job isn’t having those additional earnings taken into account. Other employees who only work part of the year are having their wages discounted as if they earned that over 52 weeks. So, even if you get a check every week, call a lawyer to make sure you’re getting paid enough.
Second, even when it seems obvious that you’re not ready to go back to work, the insurance company will likely stop your benefits. The tough part about this is that for the first 6 months or so after the insurance company started paying you, they can terminate your benefits with just a couple weeks notice. It’s a multi-step process to get in front of a judge who can order your benefits. Seeing a lawyer before this happens will allow the lawyer to prepare and get the records necessary, which minimizes the time you’re waiting.Experienced Lawrence, Massachusetts Workers Compensation Attorneys
At Marcotte Law Firm, our attorneys have decades of experience representing injured workers. We understand the best way to get your benefits quickly, and we know how to make sure that your benefits aren’t put at risk. Most importantly, we understand that Workers Compensation benefits are crucial for you to be able to feed your family and keep a roof over their head.
Whether you’re getting benefits or the insurance company denied your claim, call the Workers Compensation Lawyers at Marcotte Law Firm for a free, no obligation consultation.