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Industrial Accidents & Social Security Disability

If you are hurt on the job, you need help – fast. We provide immediate advice to help you get medical benefits and wage replacement. We are able to help clients secure access to their worker’s compensation benefits. Massachusetts requires that nearly every employer carry workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation is a wage replacement system for workers who become disabled as a result of injuries or illnesses that arise out of and occur in the course of their employment. Workers’ compensation is usually the exclusive remedy for injured workers against their employers. If a workers’ compensation insurer denies benefits to an injured worker, we take the case to the Department of Industrial Accidents. To learn more about workers’ compensation, please view our “Handbook for Injured Workers in Massachusetts,” written by Attorney Joseph P. McKenna, Jr.

We also advise clients about other avenues of recovery such as third-party lawsuits. Workers’ compensation law prohibits lawsuits against employers and coworkers. In many cases, however, a third party, such as a supplier of defective equipment or negligent construction management may be responsible for the injuries. In a third party lawsuit, the injured person may recover all lost wages, medical bills, out of pocket expenses, past pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of future earning potential, loss of function, and future medical expenses. Litigation can be intrusive and confusing. At Segal Roitman we aim to get the best results for our clients with the least sacrifice of privacy and dignity.

If you experience an illness or disability that is expected to last one year or more, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability. This is in addition to other benefits, such as workers’ compensation, though an offset may exist. The law tends to favor older workers who have worked in a particular industry for many years and are no longer able to perform their trade.