In Massachusetts, many workers are required to be in the road to do their jobs. This is true for maintenance workers, sanitation workers, construction employees and gas and energy workers. These people are putting a significant amount of trust in drivers who are passing by that they will adhere to the rules of the road and do everything possible to keep these workers safe. However, there can be accidents and when a worker is hit by a car, it can cause severe, life-changing injuries and death. Workers and their families must not only think about the medical care and treatment, but they must also consider the future of their employment and how they will make ends meet. This is where workers' compensation is critical.
In Massachusetts, worker injuries can range from minor to fatal. There are many variables in between and those who have suffered certain types of injuries should understand how workers' compensation addresses the injury and provides them with benefits. For people who have been scarred and suffered a permanent loss of function with disfigurement, it is wise to understand how they can receive benefits for and how long the benefits last.
According to recent reports, a construction worker was injured and needed to be flown to a trauma center after an on-the-job accident. The accident occurred shortly before noon. The male worker was taking part in a construction project when a construction trailer crashed into him. The trailer was on a truck and was in the process of being unloaded. Emergency personnel needed to extricate him from the trailers as he was trapped between them. The injured man had been driving one of the trucks to bring the equipment to the site. The accident is believed to have happened when the trailer came loose from its rigging. The man's injuries were reportedly serious. The case is being investigated by local and federal authorities.
In Massachusetts, workers' compensation benefits can be a complex issue that leaves injured workers wondering how their case will be resolved and when the benefits will commence. After the worker has been hurt or become ill, rather than go through the process of seeking or receiving incremental benefits, some prefer to take a lump sum to settle the case to move forward. When considering this alternative, it is imperative to fully understand all the factors that accompany a lump sum settlement. Before agreeing to anything, it is critical to have legal advice.
When Massachusetts workers are injured on the job or become ill because of the work they do, they should be aware of the various workers' compensation benefits available to them. There are rules for all benefits they are owed and it is important to understand and follow them to maximize their potential benefits.
The machinery that construction workers in Massachusetts use in their projects can dig deep holes in the earth, lift huge beams and drag tons of bricks anywhere they are needed. Sadly, they also seriously injure, even kill workers sometimes.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States government each administer a program intended to provide significant financial benefits for people afflicted by various kinds of illnesses and injuries. The two programs are often misunderstood or confused. The differences between the two programs are significant, and anyone considering applying for benefits should understand these differences.