Law Office of Christopher Earley

If You Were Injured at Work By a Third-Party…

If you were working at the time of your Massachusetts accident you may be entitled to Massachusetts workers’ compensation benefits.  These benefits will pay for your missed time from work, as well as your medical bills.  For example, if you were injured in a Massachusetts slip and fall accident or an automobile accident, and the person at fault for your injuries was a third-party, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. 

But be aware that you can also sue the third-party that caused your injuries for, among other things, negligence.  If for example your job requires you to travel out of the office, and at the time of your accident you were working in the "course and scope" of your employment, you can sue the third-party that caused the accident.  However, the workers’ compensation carrier for your employer will be entitled to a lien on all payments they make to you stemming from the accident.  This lien will be against any monies you recover against the negligent third-party who caused your injuries.  Your Massachusetts personal injury lawyer will likely be able to negotiate and thus reduce the amount of the workers’ compensation lien.  That will mean that you will recover more money because of the lien reduction.