Westford, Massachusetts Workers Compensation Attorneys
Over the past decade, Westford has been booming. It has been a destination for both residential and commercial development. Though a relatively small town of approximately 25,000, Westford has been a center of tech development in recent years. Many companies have decided to leave the busy urban areas to set up shop in a more rural town with easier access to services and the local workforce.
At the same time, the growth in the tech sector has spurred additional business growth in secondary industries. Major food retailers have moved into Westford, bringing hundreds of jobs. Similarly, workers in the trades have found Westford to be a prime commercial and residential demand.
With that, Westford has cultivated a diverse economy, which suits its diverse workforce. Unfortunately, no matter what type of industry you’re in, work injuries are part of work. While most injuries are relatively minor, moderate and severe injuries can cause major problems to any type of worker. That’s why Workers Compensation is available to help injured workers through these tough times.What is Workers Compensation?
Workers Comp is a collection of benefits that is available for people who are injured at work and cannot work because of that injury. No matter how your injury occurred, Workers Comp is there to help. Though there are many types of benefits available, the two major benefits are for medical bills and lost wages:
- Medical Bill Coverage: If your injury requires the attention of a doctor or a medical professional, Workers Compensation is supposed to pay for these bills. For minor injuries, it’s usually a very simple process. However, for major or complicated injuries, insurance companies usually try to find a way to deny your claim. That’s because the insurance company is required to pay for your related medical care for the rest of your life.
- Lost Wages: Whether you’re totally disabled or partially disabled, the insurance company is supposed to pay you for your lost wages. How much you get will be based on your earnings over the 52 weeks prior to the injury. However, your benefits will be, at most, 60% of what you were making before the injury.
No matter where you are in the process of obtaining Workers Compensation benefits, having a lawyer can help in many ways. Even if you’re already getting benefits, having an experienced attorney is critical. For example, even if you’re getting a check every week, a lawyer can help ensure that you’re getting the correct amount. This is especially important for workers who have multiple jobs, work seasonally, or otherwise don’t have a constant weekly income.
At the same time, insurance companies are always looking for reasons to deny your claim or end your benefits. If you’ve already consulted with a lawyer, he/she can begin the process of gathering necessary medical records and other documentation to be able to hit the ground running the second the insurance company tries to terminate your benefits.
At Marcotte Law Firm, our attorneys have decades of experience representing injured workers who are navigating Workers Compensation. If you or a loved one were hurt on the job, please email or call for a free, no obligation consultation.