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In a workers’ compensation claim, evidence plays an important role. There are many different types of evidence that can be considered, including doctor’s exams and testimony from the injured worker. This information is used to help the judge assigned to your claim to determine whether you are entitled to benefits and the amount of benefits that you should receive. Although this sounds straightforward, there are often disputes about the types of evidence that a judge should consider and whether the judge had enough evidence to support his or her final ruling. The Boston workers’ compensation lawyers at Mass Injury Group are available to assist you with learning more about the claims process and whether you are entitled to compensation.

In a recent case, the Massachusetts Court of Appeal was asked to evaluate a claim in which the injured worker suffered an elbow injury while working as a flight attendant. She was unable to work in a full-time capacity for 18 months. At that time, she stopped working due to the pain. She filed a claim for medical expenses reimbursements, but the insurance carrier for the airline denied on the basis that there was an issue with causation. The insurer argued that the medical treatment and elbow injury were not directly related to her job duties as a flight attendant. The judge presiding over the claim disagreed with the insurer and ordered it to pay for the medical treatment. The insurer appealed.

As part of the process, the worker was required to undergo a medical examination from a neutral doctor. The insurer then accepted liability for the accident. The doctor stated in the resulting report that the worker was suffering from the aggravation of an underlying degenerative disk disease as well as other injuries and symptoms. The report noted that the repetitive tasks that the worker performed were the entire cause of some of the medical issues that the worker was experiencing.

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If you suffer an injury at work, you may be given prescriptions for different medications to help you recover and to treat your conditions. The workers’ compensation system in Massachusetts is designed to give employees who are injured on the job weekly benefits to cover their missed wages as well as reimbursements for medical expenses related to their work injury. Even though this mandate is clear, many insurance companies try to deny claims for medical expense reimbursements. The seasoned Boston workers’ compensation lawyers at Mass Injury Group are ready to help you fight for the fair treatment that you deserve.

A Massachusetts Court of Appeal recently considered a matter in which the insurance company was appealing from a lower court order stating that it was required to pay benefits and medical expense reimbursements. The medical prescriptions included ibuprofen and Topamax. According to the insurance company, the lower court judge did not appropriately evaluate whether there was a causal connection between the treatment prescribed and the alleged work injury. It also alleged that the lower court judge did not correctly characterize evidence offered at the hearing about whether the worker was obese.

The worker suffered an injury while he was at his company’s cookout party where he slipped and injured his left knee. Although he was willing to continue working and tried to do so, he was eventually forced to stop. He ended up undergoing a number of surgeries to his ankle and knee. The insurer argued that the employee’s obesity should be viewed as a pre-existing condition. The lower court eventually awarded benefits and medical reimbursements to the employee. The insurer appealed.

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There are many steps to recovering workers’ compensation benefits and each one is important. One of these steps involves calculating the average amount of weekly wages that the injured worker earned. This calculation is then used to determine the amount of benefit payments that the worker will receive under the Massachusetts workers’ compensation system. If your average weekly wage is calculated incorrectly, you may find yourself receiving a much smaller benefits payment than what you are actually entitled to receive. At Mass Injury Group, our seasoned team of Boston workers’ compensation lawyers is prepared to help you ensure that you receive the fair outcome that you deserve.

In a recent claim, a Massachusetts Court of Appeal considered a challenge to whether an average weekly wage was calculated correctly. The employee appealed a ruling after a hearing that required the Workers’ Compensation Trust Fund to provide weekly benefit payments to the worker in the amount of $301.37, based on an average weekly wage calculation of $502.28. The worker filed a claim for benefits after suffering an injury while working as a painter. He painted houses during the warm months constituting roughly six months and was employed simultaneously as a worker at a restaurant. The employee challenged the order on the basis that the judge did not perform the average weekly wage calculation correctly.

The parties entered into a number of stipulations regarding the claim, including a stipulation that the employee was employed concurrently at the restaurant job performing 15 hours of work and earning roughly $226 weekly. During the hearing, the judge calculated the worker’s average weekly wage for his painting job by dividing the amount he earned over a 52-week period instead of only dividing it over a six-month period constituting the time that he actually worked.

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If you were injured on the job, the workers’ compensation system in Massachusetts is designed to help provide you with financial support so that you can cope. The benefits are only available if the injury occurred during the course and scope of the employee’s work responsibilities. This raises issues about some of the aspects of working, including going to and from work. One of the biggest disputes that an insurer will raise in some claims involves injuries that happen when an employee is coming or going from work. The seasoned team of Boston workers’ compensation lawyers at Mass Injury Group are prepared to assist you with ensuring that you receive the benefits that you deserve after an on-the-job accident.

In a recent benefits claim, the Massachusetts Court of Appeal was asked to consider the application of the “going and coming doctrine.” In the claim, the worker was employed as a psychiatric nurse when the injury happened. She was living in Massachusetts and was asked by her employer to perform her job at a treatment facility located in Vermont. After each shift totaling five days, she would drive back home. The worker did not ask for travel expenses reimbursement. She said that she did not understand the policy and that she was not required to submit her expenses.

The employee was involved in a car crash while driving back to Massachusetts after a shift. It required substantial rehabilitation and multiple surgeries to address. The insurer objected to her claim for workers’ compensation benefits, arguing that she was not working when the crash took place and therefore it was not a work-related injury. The presiding judge rejected this position and deemed the employer liable for her injuries under workers’ compensation. The insurer filed an appeal, stating that the presiding judge erred in applying the going and coming doctrine to this case.

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A work injury can take on various forms. It can be a temporary injury that heals after appropriate treatment and rest or it can be a life-changing injury that leads to a long-term or permanent disability. Regardless of the extent of the injury that you suffer, you may be entitled to compensation through the workers’ compensation system in Massachusetts. The benefits and medical reimbursements are meant to help you cope with the impact of your work-related injury and to ensure that you receive the medical care that you need and deserve. As seasoned Boston workers’ compensation lawyers, Mass Injury Group is available to assist you with exploring your legal rights and options.

In a recent workers’ compensation claim in Massachusetts, a worker suffered traumatic injuries while on the job as an aid in a psychiatric facility. A patient of the facility attacked him resulting in loss of consciousness. The man received medical treatment for an extensive list of injuries including a fractured right leg, deep vein thrombosis, instability, and chronic pain. The employee sought benefits and filed a claim. The judge awarded benefits initially and noted in the award that the worker suffered from a number of pre-existing conditions but that they were not affected by the work-related accident. Some of these pre-existing injuries included degenerative arthritis in his spine.

Sometime thereafter, the employee filed another claim seeking more benefits related to the attack. The judge determined that the worker was permanently and totally disabled as a result of the attack. The evidence showed that the worker could not take care of himself or complete daily tasks at home without assistance. In this order, the judge maintained the position that the pre-existing back injury did not impact the new work-related injury in any manner.

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There are usually a number of injuries involved in a workers’ compensation case. It is rare for only one body part to be affected. This can make it difficult to determine the amount of benefits that the injured worker should receive. In some cases, the employee may need to pursue several claims for benefits relating to each of the injuries that he or she has suffered, or when one of the injuries worsens. The seasoned Boston workers’ compensation lawyers at Mass Injury Group have handled a wide variety of work injury benefit claims and are prepared to assist you with ensuring that you receive the full amount of benefits that you deserve under the law.

Recently, a Massachusetts Court of Appeal opinion addressed an appeal where the injured worker had filed six separate claims for benefits relating to a complex history of injuries. The worker was appealing an award of partial incapacity benefits related to a left ulnar neuropathy injury that she sustained while on the job in 2007 along with medical expense reimbursements related to treatment for the injury. She also suffered from spinal injuries related to the same occupation. In her appeal, the worker alleged that the judge made inconsistent findings regarding the nature and scope of her injuries and that the judge did not make a comprehensive assessment of the evidence that was provided at the benefits hearing.

On review, the appellate court agreed with the worker, concluding that the lower court judge did base the award of partial benefits on ultimate conclusions or medical opinions from an expert witness who provided testimony at the hearing. The final opinion that the judge issued lacked any reference of ultimate medical conclusions or the expert’s testimony describing the worker’s fibromyalgia condition.

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If you are injured at work, you can receive compensation for your lost wages and medical expenses related to the injury. This is fairly straightforward when the injured employee is healthy, but when pre-existing injuries and medical conditions are involved in the analysis of determining whether the employee is entitled to benefits, the process can get much more complicated. As seasoned Boston workers’ compensation lawyers, the attorneys at Mass Injury Group are available to assist you with evaluating whether you are entitled to benefits in the Massachusetts workers’ compensation system.

In a recent case, the Massachusetts Court of Appeal was asked to consider whether a worker’s benefits had been properly canceled. The worker in the case suffered from a pre-existing condition affecting his lower back and was injured in the same area while working as a glass installer for a vehicle repair company. He sustained the injury in a car accident while he was working in November 2016. The insurer for the employer filed a motion asking the court to discontinue the payment of benefits to the employee associated with the crash. The lower court instead modified the award of benefits and required the insurer to continue to pay partial benefits. Both parties filed an appeal.

The worker underwent an independent medical examination. Based on the report that the doctor prepared, the judge determined that the worker experienced a history of lower back problems that were not related to his job. The judge also determined that the employee underwent a spinal fusion procedure when he was very young. Although the worker testified to his history of back injuries and stated that he was pain-free before the car accident, the judge only gave the testimony partial credit. Taking all of this evidence into account, the court decided to terminate the employee’s benefits.

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After you file a workers’ compensation claim, there are a number of steps that must be completed before you receive a benefits award. This involves reviewing medical records and, in some instances, undergoing a medical examination with an independent medical examiner agreed upon by both parties in the claim. Part of the analysis also involves determining whether you have reached maximum medical improvement, which is the best possible level of recovery that a doctor believes you will achieve following your injury. This determination has important implications for your ability to return to work and engage in other activities. At Mass Injury Group, or dedicated team of Boston workers’ compensation lawyers are prepared to assist you with ensuring that your claim is handled appropriately.

A worker in a recent case suffered injuries while working as a nurse. She was attempting to lift a patient in 2016 when she felt lower back pain that radiated down through her right leg. At the end of her shift, she received treatment in the emergency room of the hospital and did not return to work. She was unable to resume her regular duties due to her pain but did perform clerical work at the hospital with reduced hours. She reported experiencing continued pain and was unable to work all of the hours assigned to her.

The worker filed a claim for temporary total incapacity benefits, and it was granted. The insurer provided the worker with roughly $937 in benefits each week based on her average weekly wages of roughly $1,622. The commissioner assigned to the claim also ordered the employer to pay benefits to the injured worker based on her actual weekly wages instead of the average for a short duration. The insurance company appealed, which required the employee to undergo an independent medical examination. The medical report produced as part of the exam stated that the worker had reached the point of maximum medical improvement but that she was experiencing continued pain in her lower back that impaired her ability to perform her job duties. The employee testified during a hearing regarding her pain and the attempts she had made to find work.

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There are numerous categories of employees who work across state lines. Whether it is someone in the transportation industry or a healthcare worker, understanding how your travel can impact your right to workers’ compensation benefits is important. The workers’ compensation system is designed to provide injured workers with compensation for missed wages and medical expenses that result from a work-related injury. Each state has its own workers’ compensation system. If your injury happens in another state, then your home state may claim that the state where the accident occurred is responsible for providing you with benefits or vice versa. The last thing anyone wants to deal with after being hurt at work is a dispute about which jurisdiction applies. At Mass Injury Group, our Boston workers’ compensation lawyers are available to help you navigate your work injury claim and to receive the benefits that you deserve in a timely manner.

The Massachusetts Court of Appeal recently issued an opinion in a case that involved an employee who traveled for work. The employee operated a tractor-trailer on behalf of his employer who was located in Pennsylvania. The process that he had to complete to become hired and a job offer was not extended until he completed an orientation program, which he attended in Roaring Springs, Pennsylvania. He was offered a job in Pennsylvania and he accepted at the conclusion of the orientation.

The following year, the employee was using the same truck to mainly perform deliveries and other work responsibilities in Massachusetts. In October 2012, he was working in the course and scope of his employment in Maine and experienced a back injury. He filed a claim for workers’ compensation benefits in Massachusetts. The judge dismissed the claim on the basis that it had no jurisdiction over a work injury that happened in Maine. The employee appealed this decision and won. The court concluded that enough facts existed to justify the Massachusetts workers’ compensation system extending jurisdiction over the claim.

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If you work in a physically demanding job, your body handles a lot of wear and tear. This can lead to serious long-term work-related injuries. Fortunately, the workers’ compensation system in Massachusetts provides a way for injured workers to receive compensation for their lost wages and medical expenses related to the injury. When it comes to very physical occupations like construction, however, it is not uncommon for a worker to experience regular injuries that build up over time. At Mass Injury Group, our Boston workers’ compensation lawyers are standing by to assist you with ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve after a painful work-related injury.

A Massachusetts appellate court recently issued an opinion in a case involving a construction worker with pre-existing injuries. The worker suffered a back injury that caused him to miss a year of work. Later, in 2014, he filed a claim for incapacity benefits as well as reimbursements for medical expenses when he was injured while moving 50-pound sandbags. Although he tried to go to work the next morning the pain was intense. The judge approved the claim and provided medical expenses to cover treatment including a possible surgery to address the injury.

The parties both filed an appeal finding the award unsatisfactory. An independent medical examiner was brought in to conduct a physical exam of the employee and to ascertain the cause and extent of his injuries. The parties were able to come to an agreement and the man underwent medical treatment for his injuries. Unfortunately, the treatments did not help. He sought additional benefits and the judge approved the claim. The insurer appealed the decision which required another independent medical examination. Based on this, the judge issued an opinion stating that the man suffered a work-related injury and that it was the major cause of his pain apart from his lower back injury.

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