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By KJC Law Firm

Workers’ compensation benefits are exclusively for employees who are either injured or killed during work hours. Employees may not sue employers for damages other than work related injuries or illnesses. The employee is required to show a written notice to the employer and show him or her the claims of right of action.

The rights of action are under the common law either at hire or within 30 days of the time that the employer obtains insurance or becomes a self-insurer. The employee may sue in court if the employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance.

By KJC Law Firm

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Workers’ Compensation Law

In Massachusetts, all businesses must carry workers’ comp insurance for all employees. This includes owners who are considered employees, no matter how many hours are worked per week. Also the Massachusetts workers’ compensation system insists that employees who are in domestic service must be covered if they work more than 16 hours per week.

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Workers’ Compensation or workers’ comp is available to all employees who either become injured or ill at work. However, depending on your state or occupation; you may not be. A common myth is that all employees across the United States are covered. This applies to many but not everyone.

Are all employees covered?

The Federal Employment Compensation Act (FECA) provides all non-military and federal employees with workers’ compensation. Workers who are employed by either private companies, states, or local governments should contact their state’s workers’ compensation board for details on who is covered in their business. Some states do not cover occupations such as independent contractors, domestic employees, agricultural employees, or seasonal employees in the workers’ compensation system. Additionally, some states require coverage only if there are a certain amount of employees hired. To avoid dealing with claims against your company, contact a serious workers’ compensation attorney in your regional area.

We are thrilled to welcome Attorney Jamie Goodwin to the KJC Team.  

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Attorney Jamie Goodwin concentrates on legal matters arising out of his client’s ability or inability to work.  He has represented employees and labor organizations up and down the I-95 corridor.  Although he has represented Employers, his passion is representing individuals and the entities that represent them. His practice primarily focuses on workers’ compensation, labor & employment, social security disability, and public sector disability retirements.  Jamie diligently represents his clients from the first consultation to the Courthouse and will continue to do so as a member of the KJC team. 

Attorney Goodwin is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Florida.  Jamie received his undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2005) and sought his Juris Doctor degree at Northeastern University’s School of Law (2008). He is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2008), the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (2011), and the State of Florida (2015). 

What is Workers Compensation Insurance? 

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In any business, employees can get hurt. Thankfully, workers compensation insurance, also known as workers comp can give benefits to employees who suffer from a worker-related injury or illness. There are many beneficial ways in which workers comp can protect your business and employees. Worker’s comp will help cover missed wages, medical expenses, vocational rehabilitation, or in extreme cases death benefits.  

Each state has its own workers’ compensation program. This means that laws for workers comp can be different depending on the location of your business. Under the Massachusetts workers’ compensation system, the Massachusetts General Laws require employers to provide workers’ compensation (WC) insurance coverage for all of their employees. This insurance pays for necessary and reasonable medical treatment related to illness or injury while also covering partial compensation for lost wages after the first 5 calendar days of total or partial disability.  

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