I Slipped And Fell At Work. Do I Have A Workers’ Compensation Claim?
If you have been injured in a slip and fall, or trip and fall accident while on the job, and missed at least five calendar days from work, then you are entitled to Massachusetts workers compensation coverage. Generally, your employer’s workers compensation insurer must pay your medical bills. The bills though must be necessary, reasonable, and related to your work accident. You may also collect lost wages. If you are temporarily temporarily disabled from working, or temporarily partially disabled from working, you can collect lost wages.
Frequently workers’ compensation insurance companies deny valid claims, such as a slip and fall. However, if that happens, it makes good sense to hire a Boston workers’ compensation attorney. The attorney will be able to guide you through the claim process as well as the court process at the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents.
Besides your work injury claim, you also have a possible third-party claim to pursue. For example, suppose you slip and fall on snow and ice on a walkway as you are trying to walk into work. In this case, you have a claim for workers’ comp benefits. And if the snow and ice removal is the responsibility of a third-party, you may have a claim against that company too. Keep in mind if it is not a third-party but rather your employer that removes snow and ice, there would not be a third-party claim to pursue.
Generally, you may not sue your employer for a work injury, but you can sue a third-party (when applicable) for pain and suffering and other damages you experienced in the accident.
The workers compensation process can be complicated, and I encourage you to contact me if you, a loved one, or a friend has been injured on the job. Consultations at my office are always completely free of charge.
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