Connecting You with Quality Workers Compensation Attorneys in Worcester
Pointing injured workers in the right direction
Workers compensation is designed to protect workers by providing them compensation for workplace injuries regardless of fault while simultaneously protecting employers by providing them broad immunity from personal injury lawsuits. Nevertheless, many employers and their insurance carriers make it their policy to resist workers comp claims and minimize the injuries suffered by their employees to avoid paying fair compensation. When this happens, it often takes an experienced workers compensation lawyer to prove your claim and overcome this resistance. Through our more than 35-year history in the Worcester area, we at Gould & Ettenberg, P.C. have built strong relationships with a number of highly respected attorneys and law firms who focus on workers compensation cases. And as accomplished litigators ourselves, we are able to assist injured workers in exploring potential third-party claims.
What does workers compensation provide?
While you do not have to show that your employer was negligent in order to receive compensation, you can expect to receive significantly less than you would in a traditional personal injury lawsuit. Nevertheless, these benefits can be very important for injured workers and should be pursued aggressively:
Other sources of compensation
While workers compensation protects employers from being sued for personal injuries under most circumstances, it is not necessarily the sole source of recovery for injured workers. Social Security disability (SSD) benefits may also be available for workers who will be totally disabled for 12 months or more and have paid sufficiently into the Social Security system.
In addition, when a work-related accident was caused by a third party other than your employer — a motorist, equipment manufacturer or contractor, for instance — those individuals may be liable for their negligence. Pursuing workers compensation benefits does not preclude you from pursing a lawsuit against a third party — although any workers comp benefits you received may have to be paid back — so it is important to consult an experienced attorney to determine if additional compensation may be available under your unique circumstances.
We are proud to assist injured workers in Worcester
Injured workers can count on our team at Gould & Ettenberg, P.C. to provide guidance following a serious industrial or work-related accident. We maintain connections with an excellent network of qualified Worcester workers compensation attorneys and can also assist injured workers in identifying and pursuing potential third-party lawsuits. Call us at 508-752-6733 or contact us online to set up a consultation with a caring and experienced attorney today. We are conveniently located in downtown Worcester with easy access to both state and federal courthouses as well as convenient parking.