For almost 30 years, the Massachusetts workers’ compensation lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., have upheld the rights of injured workers in Boston, Cambridge, Newton, Brookline, Somerville and across the Commonwealth. We are dedicated to protecting your rights and getting fair compensation for you and your family for your workplace injuries.
From our Boston office, we represent injured workers throughout Massachusetts. Our workers’ compensation attorneys also represent Rhode Island and New Hampshire residents whose injuries occurred in Massachusetts or who were hired in Massachusetts but injured out of state.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, nicknamed the Bay State, is a New England state bordering the Atlantic Ocean. With 6,587,536 residents (2001 Census estimate) and a total area of 10,555 square miles, Massachusetts is the third most densely populated state in the nation. Approximately two thirds of Massachusetts’ population lives in the Boston metropolitan area. The Springfield metropolitan area is Massachusetts’ only other major metropolitan region.
The ten largest cities in Massachusetts include Boston (the state capital), Worcester, Springfield, Lowell, Cambridge, New Bedford, Brockton, Quincy, Lynn, and Fall River.
Massachusetts is traditionally an industrial state. Its diverse manufacturers include companies producing electrical and electronic equipment, industrial equipment, paper and paper products, machinery, tools and metal and rubber products. Shipping, printing and publishing also are important industries in Massachusetts. Tourism is an important factor in the economy of Massachusetts. Historical attractions and the scenic communities of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island are the state’s most popular attractions. Tourism now employs over one third of Massachusetts’ workers.
Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation and Medical Treatment
If you are worker who has suffered a serious workplace injury or illness, you may have to spend time in a hospital or rehabilitation center. If you don’t need immediate medical attention, there are approximately 132 different hospitals in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council maintains a website providing an independent comparison of patient safety, quality, and cost of care provided by Massachusetts hospitals and providers.
At Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., we understand that you will be worried about paying your medical bills, contesting denied workers’ compensation claims and taking care of your family financially during this stressful time. Call our Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorneys at (800) 367-0871 or use our confidential online contact form to learn how we can help.
The Workers’ Compensation System in Massachusetts
If you are injured or become sick because of your work In Massachusetts, you have a right to medical treatment. In some cases, wage replacement benefits are also available under our state’s workers’ compensation law.
The Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) is responsible for overseeing the workers’ compensation system in Massachusetts. There are DIA offices in Boston, Fall River, Lawrence, Springfield, and Worcester. The DIA’s primary responsibility is to act as a court system to resolve disputed workers’ comp claims. The Office of Claims Administration (OCA) is the “starting point” in the DIA for Massachusetts workers who have a work-related injury or illness.
You must tell your employer right away if you are injured at work, even if it does not seem serious at the time. If you have a work-related injury or illness that results in lost work-time of five full or partial calendar days or more, your employer must file the Employer’s First Report of Injury or Fatality (Form 101) with the DIA and their workers’ compensation insurance company within seven calendar days. The insurance company then has 14 calendar days from receipt of this form to investigate the claim and make a decision as to whether to pay your workers’ compensation claim.
Schedule Your Free Consultation with our Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
For a free, no-obligation evaluation of your workers’ compensation claim, please call the Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorneys at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., toll free at (800) 367-0871 or use our confidential online contact form.