Some work injuries are minor and heal over time, while others are more severe and can result in serious or even permanent disabilities. If your injury will leave you requiring medical care and other expenses well into the future, it is essential that you receive the full amount of benefits and medical expenses reimbursement that you need and deserve. At the Law Office of Michael O. Smith, we have assisted many injured workers facing serious disabilities, and we are prepared to help you.
The Massachusetts workers’ compensation review board recently considered an issue involving a serious injury. The injured worker was seriously injured while working in a psychiatric ward. A patient attacked the worker, striking and kicking his abdomen. The attack was so severe that the worker became unconscious as a result. Unsurprisingly, the injured man required extensive medical attention for his several injuries. Medical records show that he sustained a leg fracture, chronic leg pain and lumbar pain, and deep vein thrombosis.
The injured worker initiated a workers’ compensation claim with his employer’s insurance carrier, requesting many different benefit payments, including temporary total incapacity payments and benefits to compensate him for his extensive medical bills. At issue with this initial request was the fact that the employee suffered from a pre-existing seizure disorder. The administrative law judge (ALJ) overseeing the claim awarded these benefits. The ALJ concluded that the new injuries were separate and distinct from the employee’s pre-existing condition.