Workers' Compensation Lawyers Boston, Malden

Workers’ Compensation Cases – Frequently Asked Questions

If you were injured on the job, it is important to make an informed decision regarding workers' compensation. As an injury victim, you have treatment and recovery to occupy you, and you should not have to wait for benefits or be unfairly denied. At Rodman, Rodman & Sandman, serving Malden and Boston, Massachusetts, our workers' compensation lawyers regularly and successfully represent injured workers like you. We can help you appeal a claim and handle other legal matters related to your injury.

What is workers' compensation insurance?

Employers purchase workers' compensation insurance to cover costs associated with on-the-job injuries suffered by their employees. Most employers are required by law to carry this form of insurance. The workers' compensation system is intended to help employers avoid lawsuits and to help their employees get compensated for injuries more quickly. However, in practice some workers get denied unfairly when they file for benefits. If you have been injured on the job and denied workers' compensation benefits, our lawyers can help you appeal the decision and get the benefits you deserve.

Does my employer provide workers' compensation?

Most employers in the state of Massachusetts must carry workers' compensation insurance. If your employer does provide coverage, they are required to furnish you with information on how to file for benefits. There are exceptions in certain cases, such as for small businesses. Employers in industries such as rail and maritime shipping have alternative systems to provide for injured workers, as does the federal government.

Am I entitled to benefits?

If your employer has workers' compensation insurance and you were injured on the job, you are likely entitled to benefits. This is true even if your injury was your own fault, and not the fault of another worker or other party.

Certain exemptions do exist. Injuries that do not qualify include:

  • Self-inflicted injuries from activities such as fighting
  • Injuries sustained while violating the law
  • Injuries from an accident that happened outside work
  • Injuries incurred while violating company policy

If your claim was denied by an employer in or around Boston, Malden, or Medford, contact Rodman, Rodman & Sandman to meet with our workers' compensation attorneys. We may be able to help you.

What will my workers' compensation cover?

Workers' compensation covers different things in different cases. In general, all medical and rehabilitation costs are covered. You may also be entitled to tax-free payments totaling up to two thirds of your pre-injury income. Workers' compensation also covers placement services and job training for those who are unable to return to their original professions.

If I accept workers' compensation, can I still file a lawsuit?

If you accept workers' compensation benefits, you can no longer sue your employer for your injuries. However, you may be able to sue one or more third parties who were also involved. For instance, if you suffered a construction site injury caused by defective machinery, you may still be able to sue the manufacturer of the faulty equipment in question.

Another important thing to remember is that if you win a lawsuit against a third party after accepting workers' compensation, you may be required to reimburse your employer for the costs they incur as a result of the accident. After thoroughly evaluating your case, our workers' compensation attorneys will advise you as to whether it is in your best interest to file a lawsuit, claim workers' compensation benefits, or both.

Discuss Your Case with Our Workers' Compensation Lawyers

If you are seeking workers' compensation, you need to make sure your case is handled the right way. The workers' compensation attorneys of Rodman, Rodman & Sandman represent Boston, Malden, and Medford-area residents in workers' compensation claims and other legal matters arising from workplace injuries. We will do everything possible to make sure your case has a successful outcome. Contact Rodman, Rodman & Sandman to learn more.