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An accident at work can be traumatic and painful. If you or a loved one have been injured on the job, it is important to protect yourself and talk to an experienced workers compensation attorney in Massachusetts. The workers’ compensation process is complicated. One error can result in denial of claims, denial of treatment, or termination of employment. If you have contracted an illness at work, or sustained a workplace injury, our workers’ compensation attorneys at the Bellotti Law Group, P.C. can help. We have over 38 years of expertise in dealing with workers’ compensation cases. Each of our workers’ compensation attorneys are well prepared to help clients and their families receive the compensation they deserve after a work-related injury. Contact us today at 617-225-2100 for a free consultation.

How Does Immigration Status Affect Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Under the Workers’ Compensation Act, illegal aliens and green card holders are considered covered employees. As long as there is a valid contract of hire, a worker is deemed an employee. In Brambila v. Chase-Walton Elastomers, Inc., 11 Mass. Workers’ Comp. Rep 410 (1997), the Reviewing Board found that an individual classified as an illegal alien was still entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits, despite misrepresenting his status in order to be hired. While the contract can be voided on the basis of misrepresentation of the employee, the contract wasn’t voided, and was therefore valid at the time of the injury.

What is a Lump Sum in Workers’ Compensation Cases?

A lump sum is a contract between you, your employer, and your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer. This is a one time payment that is meant to replace your weekly compensation checks. In some cases, this one time payment can also replace other workers’ compensation benefits. Ultimately, the judge that listens to your case will decide whether or not a lump sum payment for your claim is the best option.

Should I Lump Sum My Case?

In Boston, a road was heavily damaged due to a water main break late Wednesday night on September 7th, 2022. A video of the incident shows water shooting up like a geyser through the pavement. The water flooded the street, and created a crater. This occurred on A Street near the intersection of Athens Street in South Boston. The water was pouring into the road for almost an entire hour. After an hour, the water was shut off a little before 11 p.m. The breaking of the water main caused a major obstruction in the road. There was a major buckling in the roadway on A street. The huge crater in the road caused both A Street, between West Broadway and West 3rd Street. By late Wednesday night, Boston Water and Sewer Commission crews were on the scene. Boston police officers and firefighters joined the scene, and stayed at the crater late Wednesday night.

In cases of dangerous incidents such as these, there is a much higher risk of car accidents and serious injuries. In these cases, it is important to contact a Boston personal injury and accident lawyer. It is important to seek legal counsel to discuss your options and ensure that you can receive the compensation you need for relevant medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our Boston attorneys have over 38 years of experience, and can ensure that your rights are protected. Call 617-225-2100 today for a free consultation!

An accident at work can be traumatic and painful. If you or a loved one have been injured on the job, it is important to protect yourself and talk to an experienced workers compensation attorney in Massachusetts. The workers’ compensation process is complicated. One error can result in denial of claims, denial of treatment, or termination of employment.

If you have contracted an illness at work, or sustained a workplace injury, our workers’ compensation attorneys at the Bellotti Law Group, P.C. can help. We have over 38 years of expertise in dealing with workers’ compensation cases. Each of our workers’ compensation attorneys are well prepared to help clients and their families receive the compensation they deserve after a work-related injury. Contact us today at 617-225-2100 for a free consultation. 

What Should I Do If I Have Been Injured at Work? 

An accident at work can be traumatic and painful. If you or a loved one have been injured on the job, it is important to protect yourself and talk to an experienced workers compensation attorney in Massachusetts. However, the workers’ compensation process is complicated. One error can result in denial of claims, denial of treatment, or termination of employment.

If you have contracted an illness at work, or sustained a workplace injury, our workers’ compensation attorneys at the Bellotti Law Group, P.C. can help. We have over 38 years of expertise in dealing with workers’ compensation cases. Each of our workers’ compensation attorneys are well prepared to help clients and their families receive the compensation they deserve after a work-related injury. Contact us today for help with your case.

Workers’ compensation claims provide payment for accident-related medical bills and a reimbursement for a portion of your lost wages. These benefits are limited, and do not include compensation for your pain and suffering. In order to receive this limited compensation, an employee needs to show that they suffered an injury during the course of their employment. They do not need to show that their employer was negligent in causing their injury. 

If your benefits are stopped after the initial 180 day period, you can dispute the insurance company’s decision by requesting a Conciliation. A Conciliation is an informal meeting between your company’s insurance carrier and you. It is crucial that you have representation on your side. The lawyers at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. can ensure that you receive the compensation you need. Call 617-225-2100 for a free consultation today. 

If the insurance company still has not reinstated your benefits, you can schedule an informal Conference. At the Conference, you will appear before an Administrative Judge at the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA). The DIA decides workers’ compensation disputes. At the Conference, you need to prove the following: that you were disabled from work, your injury is work related, and that your medical bills were reasonable and necessary for the treatment. The judge will hear your evidence, and then decide to reinstate or deny your benefits. After the judge decides, both sides have the right to appeal to a Hearing if they disagree with the decision. 

The Hearing is a formal part of the worker’s compensation benefit process. At the Hearing, the judge from the Conference will hold a formal proceeding, and listen to both sides. Evidence such as witness testimony and documents are submitted. Witnesses are sworn in under the pains and penalties of perjury and the rules of evidence will apply. The judge will issue a decision and if either party believes the judges’ decision is incorrect, they can file an appeal to the Reviewing Board. 

Workers that are temporarily totally disabled can receive a maximum of 60% of their average weekly wage for up to 3 years. If a worker is partially disabled by an industrial accident, they can receive 60% of the difference between their pre-injury wage and the wage they are capable of earning after the disability. Payments for partially disabled workers are payable for up to 5 years. An injured worker can receive weekly benefits for life, if the worker is unable to work in any capacity for the rest of their life. 

The insurance company will obtain a wage record from the employer. The average weekly wage is calculated by dividing the total gross wages by the number of weeks worked. The total gross wages includes overtime and bonuses. If the work is considered seasonal, the total wages are divided by 52 weeks, regardless of whether or not the employee worked the entire 52 weeks. 

If an injured worker is unable to work in any capacity, they are entitled to 60% of their average weekly wage. If an injured worker is partially disabled, the difference between the earnings the worker is expected to earn and their average weekly wage is multiplied by 60%, and this calculates their partial disability rate. The partial disability rate is at maximum, 75% of the total disability rate. 

If you are located in Boston, a restraining order means a legal order by a Massachusetts state court that provides protection from physical and sexual harm and threat. Often, restraining orders are filed against a specific member of one’s immediate family in the event of domestic violence.

According to the Massachusetts Abuse Prevention Act (209A Protective Orders), an act can be defined as abuse if any of the following happens more than once between the victim and another family member:

● Threatening of physical harm

A carpenter was working construction at a job site in Salem, NH when an 18 ft. partially built wall fell paralyzing and crushing the carpenter due to a third parties negligence. At the time the carpenter was injured, he was 40 years of age and married with 4 dependents.

The specific parties involved were a lull operator, laborers, and riggers, all of whom each were employed by different parties.

Counsel for the plaintiff, Attorney Joe Markey, alleged that the defendant was negligent in failing to ensure safe working conditions, negligent in failing to adequately and safely supervise its workers, and negligent in failing to safely operate and maintain the equipment being used at the job site.

Car accidents are extremely stressful. You or a loved one might be badly injured from the accident. You may be dealing with the stress a car accident can create on your finances. The costs of medical expenditures and car repairs can easily build up to overwhelming amounts. When you are in a car accident, it is important to try to calmly assess the situation. In these situations, most people act emotionally or impulsively, which causes them to make huge mistakes around how to address the situation. Our boston car accident firm has years of experience and will help you every step of the way. Here are the most important car accident rules to follow, in order to avoid making the same mistakes: 

  1. Call the police. The police are vital in all cases. They make a report of the incident, gather evidence, collect names and contact information of witnesses, collect each drivers’ name and contact information, and take photographs. They also make a note of the party who is at fault. You should get a copy of the accident report, and the badge number of the officer who created the report. 
  2. Do not admit guilt. Admitting guilt to anyone, such as friends, family, or police officers will allow insurance companies to get out of paying for the accident. Insurance companies do everything they can to pay the least amount of money possible. Even if you weren’t at fault, any admission of guilt lessens the chances of recovering. 
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