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Workers Compensation and Accidental Disability Retirement (ADR)

Most people never think about being unable to work or the devastation caused by losing an income. When an unexpected injury or illness happens, your life as you know it changes instantly and possibly forever. You may have to seek benefits you never thought you would need, want or knew existed. Juliane Soprano, a seasoned local Workers Compensation attorney can help navigate the confusing and complicated system.

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JULIANE_SOPRANO_LOGO “Injuries at work are not something to take lightly. If you’ve been injured…           

Testimonial: 'You Have A Great Mix of Care and Fight!'
“Thank you for representing me in my workers’ compensation claim. I appreciate all your time and effort and more important, your understanding of my role as a nurse and the responsibilities that come with that. It has been a learning experience and in time my future will be brighter because of it. You have a great mix of care and fight!” -Mary L.

 

Don’t Hold Your Breath Waiting to Sue Your Employer
A hospital secretary, “Mary” filed a lawsuit against her employer claiming she was exposed to mold at her workplace which caused her to develop asthma.  Mary was hospitalized several times for asthma attacks and missed numerous days from work.   Ultimately, she was advised to avoid the area where she had been working.

Mary tried to sue her employer directly for failure to provide a safe working environment.  Her employer objected to the lawsuit on the basis that Mary did not have right to sue in a civil court.  The Judge hearing the case agreed and dismissed her lawsuit.  The judge’s ruling was based on the principle that Mary’s “exclusive remedy” for a work-related injury was to file a claim for Worker’s Compensation benefits.

 

The Case of The Worn Out Knee

Paul injured his knee when he tripped and fell at work. He was initially paid benefits by the worker’s comp insurer for several months, until his doctor recommended a total knee replacement.

The workers’ comp insurer denied payment of the knee replacement surgery arguing Paul had a previous problem with that knee and had seen Dr. Blue, an orthopedic surgeon, who recommended the knee be replaced at some point. At the time of the work injury, Paul was working and did not have any plans to have a knee replacement.

After his injury at work Paul contacted Dr. Blue and was diagnosed with a cartilage tear in his knee. Dr. Blue told Paul that he would not do surgery to repair the tear as the knee needed to be replaced and there was no point in doing two surgeries.

Question: is the knee replacement covered under worker’s comp?

Feel Like A Victim? Know Your Options. 

In the two plus decades of my practice overcoming the stigma of applying for help is one of the biggest hurdles. When clients contact us for the first time we frequently have to reassure them they are not asking for a handout. Benefits such as Workers Compensation and Accidental Disability Retirement (benefits for which injured workers may be eligible) are created by state law, others like Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are paid by the federal government. These benefits were put in place to help you when the unexpected happens.

Some benefits come from employment such as short/long term disability policies purchased through an employer.  Paid medical leaves or access to a sick bank may be provided as part of a collective bargaining agreement or other employment contract.

Another common concern we hear is “how can I afford a lawyer?” Like most attorneys, we work on a contingency fee basis in most instances. This means no fees are paid until a settlement is reached or an agreement to pay benefits is received.  Additionally, initial consultations are always free of charge. Engaging an attorney early on will lead to a better result because common pitfalls can be avoided.  Generally, the other side has an attorney advising them of their rights.  Clients who are unrepresented are guessing about what they are entitled to or can request.

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We always offer a complimentary phone consultation in order to help determine potential claims. Next comes the in-person office conference to devise an immediate action plan. Here we will obtain all the required documentation and finally, commencement of the claim/litigation process if benefits are denied.

If you become injured or ill, we are here to help you, as we have all of our clients over the last 20 years. Please visit our website and see what our clients have to say about our work. We will guide you through the complex and frightening process to find the options that are best for you. Call today.

Thank you,
-Juliane & Staff

FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can you waive your right to receive Workers Compensation benefits in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts?

A:  NO. You cannot waive your right to Workers Compensation in Massachusetts under any circumstances.

 

 

Attorney Juliane Soprano wins the Reader's Choice Award for Falmouth Attorney/Lawyer

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