If you are injured on the job in Massachusetts, you probably have many questions. What are my rights? What does the process of obtaining workers' compensation involve? Am I allowed to use my doctor? At Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley, P.C. (PSRB) our worker's compensation attorneys can answer all of your questions and help you through the process so you can receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Many times, worker's compensation insurance adjusters deny claims outright or deny claims for necessary medical treatment. Often, they also insist that the injured worker consults a doctor chosen by the adjuster, not by the worker and the insurance company often pays this doctor. Meanwhile, the attorneys representing the employer often argue that the injuries are not the employer's fault but rather due to circumstances they are not responsible for causing.
One frequently used tactic employed by insurance companies and their lawyers is to offer the injured worker a timely but inadequate settlement. When a worker is injured and unable to earn a paycheck, taking this quick payment can seem attractive, even though the injured employee may regret taking the payment in the future as medical expenses pile up and wages are lost due to an inability to return to work.
No matter how simple or complicated your workers' compensation claim, you should hire a lawyer to protect this interests of yourself and your family. You may not want your employer to know that you've sought counsel and we respect that. You may only need someone to answer your questions and be available if a problem arises. We can do that as well. But you may need an experienced advocate who can aggressively pursue your rights before the Department of Industrial Accidents, and Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley, P.C. has been doing that for over 40 years.
We will aggressively pursue claims for benefits from the initial filing of the claim through all stages of a workers' compensation claim.
For your own protection, contact a lawyer today. If you choose to contact our office, one of our experienced attorneys will spend as much time as you need answering any questions that you may have.
You may be able to make a claim if you can show that you sustained injury as a result of a dangerous condition and grocery store personnel knew, or should have known, about the danger. People have received compensation for harm suffered as a result of slipping on produce or spilled product, as well as dangerous parking lot conditions. Again, a crucial element of any slip, trip and fall claim is proof that store personnel were aware of a dangerous condition, or reasonably should have known about it and failed to take reasonable action to assure safety.
You may be able to make a claim if you can show that you sustained injury as a result of a dangerous condition and the apartment owner or manager knew, or should have known, about the danger. People have received compensation for harm suffered as a result of rickety stairs, missing handrails, tattered carpeting and icy steps when landlords have known about a danger and failed to eliminate unsafe conditions.
Certain personal injury claims involving slip, trip and fall incidents require notice to the property owner. Two important examples are 1.) incidents involving ice or snow and 2.) incidents in which the property owner, (or agency charged with maintenance), is a town, city, state or the federal government. The deadline for giving notice may be very short, as few as 30 days. If you are involved in a slip, trip and fall, you should consult a lawyer immediately.