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  • Can I file for workers' comp even though I didn't file an injury report and the work-related injury happened 7 months ago?

    I was injured on the job back in April. I mentioned to my supervisor that I should file a report, but she didn't give me one, and as the problem wasn't bad I didn't push it. Then it got progressively worse over the next 7 months and now I need s...

    Bruce’s Answer

    Hi-
    I have an office in Somerville, Davis Square, and am happy to help. 781-829-9100. My website is elclaw.com. Thanks. Bruce Lipsey

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  • I have been out of work with a pain disorder caused by an injury on the job. After 9 months out am I elligible for unemployment?

    They sent me to their doctor and he said I was fit for light duty with limitations. Unemployment then wants to decrease my payments or settle my case. I am scared for my financial stability especially so being a single parent of 2.

    Bruce’s Answer

    Wokers' compensation is subject to an offset (reduction) when unemployment is involved. I am not entirely clear on what you mean that unemployment wants to settle with you. I have an office in Somerville and am happy to answer your questions. Thanks. Bruce Lipsey 781-829-9100. elclaw.com

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  • Injured at work and in the middle of WC case, Employer telling me not to come in now that I'm cleared. What to do?

    A little over a month ago I injured my foot on the job and the doctors kept me out. My boss filed the Comp claim and said they would be in touch. My boss gave them the home phone number which nobody in my house ever answers. They were harrassing m...

    Bruce’s Answer

    You should prioritize your health. You have to figure if your boss is acting this way, that you are not long for the job anyway. Be proactive. Go to the doctor and make sure you're ok. If not, assert your rights, and hire a lawyer to bring a claim. Call with any questions. 781-829-9100. I am local to you and can help. elclaw.com

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  • Am I eligible for unemployment benefits and, if so, how are they calculated, if I am receiving partial disability worker's comp?

    I have been receiving Worker's compensation benefits for a partial disability. According to the adjuster I am able to work 15 hrs./ week and that sum is deducted to calculate my comp benefits. Can or should I apply for unemployment? If so, how ...

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    First, you should NOT accept what the adjuster is saying. You and your doctor have to come to that determination whether you can work or not. A claim must be filed in court to make sure you get your full benefits. I would not file for unemployment at this time without considering the consequences to your workers' compensation payments. You could lose your comp benefits entirely! Please contact me at 781-829-9100. I am a Massachusetts lawyer who can help.

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  • I was in a accident while doing an errand for work. I was my fault. Is my company obligated to pay me workers comp or disability

    I am confused as to who is responsible for my lost wages and medical bills. My insurance company or the company which I work for. I was no clocked in yet because my boss asked me to run the errand before I got to work.

    Bruce’s Answer

    I am a Massachusetts attorney close to the Cape and can help you. Please contact me at 781-829-9100. ELCLAW.com. Thanks.

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  • I am on ssi and just got married. Will this affect my benefits?

    Ssi and marriage

    Bruce’s Answer

    Yes-depending on her/his earnings and assets. Check with your local social security office so you will not be subject to recoupment. Thanks Bruce Lipsey elclaw.com

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  • My husband has been on WC in Mass for almost 2 years, our lawyer keeps giving us the run around and not answering calls.

    we have been through all the necessary options like voc rehab and was denied, and it is my understanding that the longer a case goes, the less money we get, why wouldn't our lawyer want to settle as soon as possible since he gets a part of that? h...

    Bruce’s Answer

    Workers' Compensation is a fickle system. Sometimes it works smoothly and quickly, other times, it does not. It may not be the lawyer's fault if the insurer is dragging its feet. Assuming the lawyer practices regularly in this area, he should be giving you professional guidance. If you have still have doubts and questions, you can certainly call me or visit my website at elclaw.com.

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  • Workers comp case closed, but still hurting!! Also a question about mental/psychological injury

    I have a couple issues going on, all related to the same employer, First off, I had surgery for an injury suffered on the job. The surgery was done over 2 years ago. The doctor who did the surgery insisted that I would be 100% recovered in the lo...

    Bruce’s Answer

    Insurers will at times indicate the file is closed even though the settlement was done with an acceptance of liability. You just have to press them in court.

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  • Workers comp case closed, still hurting. I had surgury 2 years ago, and it still hurts, Ins co won't return my calls.

    I had surgery 2 years ago for an injury suffered on the job. The doctor who did the surgery insisted that I would be 100% recovered in the long run, since then, the insurance company has settled my WC case, I’m still in discomfort even 2 years la...

    Bruce’s Answer

    If you settled your cae WITH liability, your attorney who handled the settlement, or any WC attorney can file a claim for continued treatment. If you settled WITHOUT liability, your cannot file for continued benefits.

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  • Does workers comp cover Mental/psychological injury, happened almost 4 years ago (will be 4 years this july),

    Are psychological conditions covered under workers comp…the job involved travel, one place I delivered to, the truck got broken into and products stolen while I was inside at the customer site(it was a very high crime area) I came back and saw the...

    Bruce’s Answer

    There is a statute of limitations of 4 years in Massachusetts WC law. In addition, you had to have made your supervisor aware of the injury in a reasonable period of time after the event. If the WC insurer paid any bills as a result of the event, then you do not have to worry about the statute of limitations.

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