Boston Medical Expenses Attorney
Are you overwhelmed with medical expenses after a work-related injury?
Beyond compensating injured workers for lost wages, workers’ compensation in Massachusetts is intended to compensate employees for medical expenses associated with the injury or work-related illness. Our team of workers’ compensation attorneys in Boston help workers seek the benefits they deserve to cover these medical expenses.
Who Qualifies for Medical Benefits in a Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Claim?
In accordance with the Executive Office for Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD), workers’ compensation medical benefits are available to anyone who is injured on the job or suffers from a work-related illness that requires medical attention.
Employees being exposed to hazardous chemicals or other toxins, as well as viruses and bacteria, often result in work-related illness. One of the most common workplace illnesses we deal with at the Attorney Injury Group is mesothelioma. In almost all of the cases we have seen, mesothelioma is related to asbestos exposure. When a person breathes in asbestos dust, fibers can become lodged in a layer of tissue known as the mesothelium. With time, those fibers can metastasize into a deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma, lung cancer, or other respiratory illness.
Coverage for occupational illnesses will vary depending on the type of illness, whether or not the employee is expected to come in contact with a particular virus or bacteria on a daily basis, and what steps the employer has taken to protect the worker.
What are Medical Benefits?
Those who are injured or sustain occupational illnesses because of the work they are performing are entitled to compensation for adequate and reasonable medical care, cost of prescriptions, and mileage reimbursement for traveling to and from a healthcare provider.
Can Employees Receiving Medical Benefits Choose Their Own Doctor?
Under EOLWD regulations and Massachusetts Law, the employer has a right to designate where the employee will be treated, depending on their insurance provider’s coverage.
However, after an initial treatment is completed, the injured worker may be entitled to workers’ compensation at a healthcare provider they choose, but employers can still require injured workers to be evaluated by a doctor of employer’s choosing on occasion.
A common question our workers’ compensation attorneys are often asked is if injured workers will be required to pay out-of-pocket for medical bills and then later get reimbursed from a medical benefits award. You should not be required to do so. Under Massachusetts’s workers’ compensation law, employer’s insurance company is required to give injured workers an insurance card with a claim number and contact info on the card. The card may then be presented by the injured worker to the healthcare provider they are seeing and the provider can bill the workers’ compensation insurance carrier.
Another question many injured workers ask is for how long will they receive workers’ compensation medical benefits. Under Massachusetts’s law, as long as medical services are needed an injured worker may receive medical benefits.
The Attorney Injury Group will fight aggressively to protect your rights. If you or a loved one is overwhelmed with medical expenses call the experienced Boston workers’ compensation attorneys at the Attorney Injury Group for help. Call us today at 617-934-7000 for a FREE, confidential consultation. When you call our experienced Boston medical expenses lawyers, we will investigate every detail of your accident at no cost to you.
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