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.