The Workers’ Compensation System of Massachusetts provides important benefits to the workers of this state. These benefits are available to all workers who are injured while working, regardless of whether they were at fault for the accident.
Recently, a man suffered a work-related injury when he fell 15 feet to the ground from a fire escape that collapsed on North Church Street in North Adams. According to the reports, the man suffered a cut to his head and was transported to the hospital after the accident.
It is unclear from the reports exactly who the man was working for at the time of the accident, although it appears that he is a fire fighter. Firefighters are particularly vulnerable to suffering serious work-related injuries due to the hazardous and dangerous nature of their work.
Anyone who is injured as a result of a job-related accident such as this one may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits include reimbursement of medical expenses, ongoing medical treatment for all injuries received in the accident, reimbursement of lost wages, and compensation for any permanent impairment or disability that is caused by the accident.
The workers’ compensation system can be complex and difficult to navigate for an injured worker. It is important to obtain as much information as possible about one’s legal rights and options if one is injured while working in the state of Massachusetts. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can ensure that the injured worker receives the maximum amount of benefits permitted by law.
Source: iberkshires.com, “Worker Injured in North Adams Fire Escape Collapse,” Andy McKeever, February 27, 2013