Bruce S Lipsey’s Answers

Bruce S Lipsey

Boston Workers' Compensation Lawyer.

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

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Bruce S Lipsey
    2. Christopher S. Brown
    3. Daniel Malis
    3 lawyer answers

    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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  2. In MA can workers compensation payment be considered as severance pay

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Jessica Ann Foley
    2. John Thomas Gosselin
    3. Bruce S Lipsey
    3 lawyer answers

    No. Things get dicey in Mass workers' compensation if a settlement is coupled with an agreement to tender a resignation. Your question is touching on this issue, i.e the coupling of the discussion of resignation with settlement. They are separate entities entirely and stiff penalties are imposed if there is an attempt to persuade a claimant to resign from a job in exchange for a settlement. Severance is severance related to the policies of the employer, WC is state regulated and unrelated.

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

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Bruce S Lipsey
    2. James Riley Hodder
    2 lawyer answers

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

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Bruce S Lipsey
    2. Jay M Wolman
    3. Daniel Malis
    3 lawyer answers

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

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Bruce S Lipsey
    1 lawyer 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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  6. Can you collect worker comp. payments and retire at the same time.

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Bruce S Lipsey
    1 lawyer answer

    In Massachusetts, and I would presume on this issue NY is the same, his status at his place of work does not interfere with his receipt of workers' compensation benefits.

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  7. Mistaken warrants.

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Bruce S Lipsey
    1 lawyer answer

    That is a horrible story. However, Social Security has strict rules as applied to individuals who have outstanding warrants or serving jail time. Unless the warrant is cleared up in the relevant state, you are going to face continued problems with Social Security benefits.

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  8. 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?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Bruce S Lipsey
    2. Gerald Gregory Lutkenhaus
    2 lawyer answers

    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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  9. 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?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Bruce S Lipsey
    2. Daniel Malis
    3. Joyce J. Sweinberg
    4. Gerald Gregory Lutkenhaus
    4 lawyer answers

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

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Bruce S Lipsey
    1 lawyer 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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