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If you are hurt at work, it is important to make sure that you get the full amount of benefits that you deserve to cover your expenses and missed wages. The first step to receiving this compensation is to file a claim with the workers’ compensation system in Massachusetts. This process can become complex and overwhelming for people who are new to the system or who are dealing with debilitating injuries. One way to protect yourself and to ensure that you are treated fairly in your claim is to work with a Boston workers’ compensation lawyer. At Mass Injury Group, we are prepared to evaluate your case and help you determine the best way to get the benefits that you deserve.

In a recent claim dispute, a worker who was injured on the job filed a claim seeking compensation for permanent injuries that she sustained. She was exiting her vehicle, which was a large delivery truck when she stepped into a pothole. This caused her to fall and injure her leg. Initially, she received temporary incapacity benefits. Her employer accepted liability for the injury but claimed that the injury was not as severe as the worker was reporting in her claim.

To resolve the dispute about how severe the injury was, the worker underwent an examination with an independent medical examiner. This is a neutral doctor agreed upon by the parties who evaluates an injured worker to determine the nature and extent of the claimed injuries. The independent medical examiner concluded that the worker was experiencing a variety of conditions as a result of the fall including regional pain syndrome and that it was all directly connected to the pothole accident.

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If you get hurt while you are working, you can file a workers’ compensation claim to receive benefits for your lost wages and reimbursements for your medical expenses. The claims process can be overwhelming and stressful for some injury victims, especially if they are dealing with painful injuries and major disruptions in their lives. The more complicated your injuries are, the more complicated your claim may be, too. And if you suffer from any pre-existing injuries the insurance companies may try to claim that you are not eligible for benefits because your work injury is not the primary cause of your pain. One of the best ways to protect yourself and make sure that you get treated fairly is to consult with a Boston work injury lawyer. At Mass Injury Group, we are standing by to assist you with a free consultation.

Recently, an injured employee filed a claim for benefits stating that he suffered two separate work accidents that left him with injuries. The first accident affected his shoulder and the second affected his back. He filed a claim for benefits, which his employer’s insurance carrier accepted. It paid benefits to make up for his missed paychecks and reimbursed him for medical expenses related to both injuries. A few months later, however, the insurance company stopped paying benefits. It argued that the man’s injuries were actually due to pre-existing injuries and did not relate to his job duties. It claimed that there was no way that the man could show that there was a causal connection between each injury and the tasks that he was asked to perform at work.

The injured worker then filed a claim for benefits with the Massachusetts workers’ compensation system. The judge determined that only the shoulder injury was related to his job duties. Both the injured worker and the insurer filed an appeal challenging this decision.

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The workers’ compensation system in Massachusetts is designed to provide benefits to workers who are injured on the job but what about situations where the employee is traveling to and from work? This is a legal issue that comes up frequently in workers’ compensation claims. Sometimes, an insurance company may even try to deny your claim on the basis that you were injured during a time when you were not technically working. One way to protect yourself and to ensure that you get the full amount of benefits that you deserve is to work with a Boston work injury lawyer. At Mass Injury Group, we will review your injury, help you file your claim, and make sure that you are treated fairly throughout the process.

The Massachusetts Court of Appeal has considered a situation where a workers’ compensation insurance company challenged a claim on the basis that the worker was not on the job when the injury occurred. The man slipped as he was getting out of his truck, which was a vehicle that his employer issued to him, on his way home from work. He hurt his right shoulder as a result of the injury. He had suffered a previous injury to his other shoulder approximately two years earlier while working as a crane operator. He claimed that as he fell, he tucked his injured left shoulder into his body to protect it, which caused him to land on his right shoulder.

The man sought medical treatment for the injury at the emergency room. He was able to go to work the next day but ultimately required surgery for his shoulder. Next, he filed a claim for workers’ compensation benefits for both shoulder injuries. The judge assigned to his case denied treatment for the right shoulder injury and the worker appealed.

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There are varying degrees of injuries that can happen at work. While some are relatively minor and will heal over time, others can leave you with permanent disabilities. This is an extremely difficult situation emotionally as well as financially. A permanent disability can require never-ending medical treatment as well as other adjustments in your life such as earning less income or being entirely unable to work. The workers’ compensation system is designed to provide an injured worker with benefits to help cover lost wages and medical expenses. But before you are awarded the benefits that you deserve you have to complete the claims process. Finding out that your insurer is denying your claim or paying less than you deserve can be stressful and overwhelming. At Mass Injury Group, our Boston workers compensation lawyers are standing by to help you make sure that you are being treated fairly.

In a recent case, an employee reported experiencing an injury to his left shoulder while he was at work. He was awarded initial benefits and the insurance company raised a challenge regarding whether his injury was directly related to his job duties or primarily the result of a pre-existing injury. A hearing was held to determine whether the left shoulder injury qualified the man for workers’ compensation benefits. During the hearing, the worker requested compensation to cover the costs of surgery to treat his shoulder injury.

The judge issued a finding stating that the worker had reached maximum medical improvement. This is a diagnosis stating that further medical treatment is unlikely to improve a medical ailment or condition. The judge also concluded that the worker was partially disabled due to the injury. Both parties appealed this finding, claiming that the judge made errors in reaching these conclusions. The employee argued that the judge made a mistake, concluding that the worker had reached maximum medical improvement.

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If you are hurt at work, you can file a claim with the workers’ compensation system in Massachusetts to receive benefits for your injuries and lost wages. There are many steps that you will need to take before you are awarded benefits. Unfortunately, some insurers try to fight legitimate claims to avoid having to pay compensation. One way that an insurer may try to dispute your claim is by alleging that you have reached a level called maximum medical improvement. This determination states that your injuries have improved as much as they are going to improve and will not get better with continued treatment. This determination can affect whether you are released to return to work and the benefit payments that you receive. You can learn more about protecting your rights in a workers’ compensation claim proceeding by contacting the Boston work injury lawyers at Mass Injury Group today.

In a recent claim, an appellate court in Massachusetts was asked to decide whether a lower court properly concluded that the injured worker in the case had reached maximum medical improvement. The worker hurt his shoulder in 2013 and suffered another injury to his back the following year, and the insurer for his employer-provided benefit processed payments for each of his injuries. Then, in 2014, the insurer terminated benefit payments. It alleged that the employee’s injuries stemmed from a pre-existing condition and that his job duties were not part of his injuries. After a number of proceedings, the lower court issued a determination that the worker’s shoulder injury had reached maximum medical improvement.

The worker appealed this decision and concluded that the lower court made an error when it decided that his injury would not get better with additional treatment. The appellate court reviewed the evidence in the record, including a report from an independent medical examiner. In the report, the doctor said that the worker had reached an end result for his left shoulder injury. The doctor also said, however, that the injury would benefit from a surgical procedure.

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One of the key steps in a workers’ compensation claim is calculating the amount of weekly wages that you earned prior to the accident and the amount of compensation that you may be able to still earn performing different work or light-duty tasks. This figure is used to determine the amount of benefits that you will receive as part of your workers’ compensation support. If the court makes a mistake or uses the wrong information, you could end up receiving less than you actually deserve. For many injured workers, this can have a devastating financial impact on their well-being and family health. Scheduling a consultation with a Boston work injury lawyer to make sure that your rights are protected is one of the best decisions you can make.

Recently, the Massachusetts Court of Appeal issued an opinion in a claim where a full-time public school teacher filed a claim for benefits. The woman hurt her right shoulder performing tasks in her classroom. She informed her supervisors about the injury. Over time, it did not heal, and the pain became more severe until she suffered a severe injury while using a device to cut paper. Despite the injury, the teacher continued her job duties until her retirement in 2010. She reported the paper cutting device injury later in the year.

The teacher filed a claim seeking workers’ compensation benefits, but an issue came up about her earning capacity. The judge determined that the teacher could earn $500 per week. The teacher alleged that the judge assigned a significantly higher earning capacity than necessary and that the record did not include enough evidence to support the finding. The teacher appealed, and the appellate court concluded that the judge made an error. After reviewing the medical evidence in the record and the teacher’s testimony, the appellate court found that there was no change in her condition and that, in fact, her pain persisted.

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There are some occupations that put workers in the face of danger each time they clock in. One of these occupations is nursing, particularly if the job requires the nurse to lift heavy patients and assist them with daily tasks like dressing or bathing. Whether it is a sudden accident or the overall wear and tear that this physical demand puts on their bodies, many nurses find themselves with life-long injuries resulting from their work. Our Boston workers’ compensation lawyers are prepared to assist you in determining whether you are entitled to benefits after suffering an on-the-job injury. Call us now to learn more about your rights.

In a recent opinion, an appellate court in Massachusetts considered whether a nursing assistant who was hurt during her employment was entitled to benefits. On one occasion, she was hurt while lifting a patient who weighed 350-pounds into his vehicle. Additionally, she was involved in two car crashes during her career that required extensive medical treatment. The most recent accident happened in 2011 while she was lifting a patient who weighed several hundred pounds with the assistance of other nurses. As a result of this final injury and the other injuries she had sustained, she ultimately decided she was no longer able to work due to the extreme pain that she felt on a regular basis.

Shortly thereafter, she pursued workers’ compensation benefits, but her employer’s insurance carrier rejected her claim. It argued that there were issues with the connection between the injuries she suffered and her job and that prior injuries were the main cause of her pain. The lower court ruled in favor of the nurse and awarded temporary benefits to the nurse, along with medical expenses reimbursements. During another hearing, the judge once again awarded the nurse more benefit payments, and the insurer appealed on the basis of causation.

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If you are hurt at work, there are many different defenses and classic arguments that the workers’ compensation insurance company may try to assert against your claim for benefits. This can delay your benefit payments and make an already stressful situation even more intimidating. The insurance company could argue that your injury wasn’t related to your work accident, for example, or that you had a pre-existing injury that is the main cause of your pain and suffering. At Mass Injury Group, our team of Boston workers’ compensation lawyers will help you prepare the strongest case possible to ensure that you receive the benefits and medical expenses reimbursements that you deserve.

An example of how insurers often try to fight claims can be seen in a recent claim dispute. In the claim, the employee fell out of his truck backward and suffered painful injuries to his head, shoulder, and elbows. He was unable to go back to work due to the injury and applied for temporary incapacity benefits. Shortly thereafter, the insurance company filed a claim seeking to modify or discontinue the payments that he was receiving each week. It submitted a copy of a report from an independent medical examiner in support of the request. The judge assigned to the claim determined that the employee was temporarily totally disabled due to the injuries and awarded more benefit payments for the employee instead of granting the insurer’s motion.

The insurer appealed the judge’s award of additional benefits. It argued that the judge did not interpret the report correctly and instead only referred to a temporal relationship between the accident and the injuries. The appellate court was not convinced by this argument and concluded that there was more than enough evidence to support a connection between the accident and the injuries that the employee was experiencing. This included post-concussion syndrome, causalgia, post-traumatic head injury pain, and more. The worker also provided testimony describing some of his symptoms, including memory loss, inability to focus, and dizziness. These symptoms matched the doctor’s diagnosis in the report.

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If you work in the healthcare industry, you face dangers on the job every single day. Whether you are a nurse, doctor, or first responder, your job often requires you to perform extremely physical tasks. The stress and repetitive nature of this can really impact your body and well-being. At Mass Injury Group, our Boston work injury lawyers assist individuals who have been hurt at work with understanding their rights to compensation. You do not have to navigate the Massachusetts workers’ compensation system alone. Let us help you during this stressful time.

Recently, the Massachusetts Court of Appeal issued an opinion in a case where a nurse who was injured multiple times throughout her career filed a claim for benefits. One of these injuries included an injury to her back that she suffered when she was trying to assist a 350-pound patient with getting into a vehicle. She also had two auto accidents during her career and was treated for both of them. In 2011, she suffered her final work-related injury. She was helping a 400-pound patient when the injury happened. Although she returned to work the next day, she eventually decided to take a leave of absence because the pain was so severe.

The nurse filed a claim seeking workers’ compensation benefits. The insurer denied the claim on the basis that there was no causal relationship between her injuries and her job, her disability, and more. The judge assigned to her claim awarded her temporary benefits and payments to cover her medical expenses. The parties attended another hearing, and the court awarded the nurse another series of benefit payments. The insurance company for her employer appealed this award and asserted the same defenses to her claim.

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Any work-related injury can be a painful and stressful event for the victim. When the injury also leaves the victim with unfortunate scars or disfigurement, however, the life-long impact is devastating. At Mass Injury Group, our Boston work injury lawyers are prepared to help you fight for the benefits and medical expense payments that you deserve after you were hurt on the job. The workers’ compensations system in Massachusetts can be incredibly overwhelming and difficult to navigate. Consult with one of our attorneys soon to make sure that you are protecting your rights.

In a recent appellate opinion, the Massachusetts Court of Appeal discussed a case involving an employee who suffered a permanent limp as the result of a work injury. The plaintiff filed a claim for workers’ compensation benefits and the judge awarded him over $8,000 for the disfigurement that he suffered due to the limp. The parties both appealed this award. The worker was required to undergo a medical examination from an independent medical examiner, who also prepared a report. The report did not mention anything about the limp but instead stated that the employee did not walk with any kind of obvious limp. The insurance company withdrew its appeal and the only issue left was how much compensation the employee was owed.

But at the hearing to determine compensation, the court concluded that the employee was walking with a limp. When the employee provide testimony, the judge also found him credible regarding the limp that he experienced. The judge also found the insurer’s witness credible, a person who conducted surveillance on the employee, who confirmed that the employee had a limp. After this hearing and taking all evidence into consideration, the court concluded that the employee was entitled to nearly $11,000 in damages for the limp. The judge multiplied the state’s average weekly wage allotment by 10 and considered this to be in the middle range of awards for the disfigurement.

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