The last thing any driver wants is to get into a severe auto accident. Auto accidents can cause all sorts of physical injuries, but they can be psychologically damaging as well. If this happens to you, you may not be able to focus on pursuing a personal injury against the person who caused the accident. But if you are in a position to do so, there are some actions that could help you to bring a claim against the negligent driver.
Take Quality Pictures
One of the most important actions you can take is to gather evidence and save information. If you can, take quality pictures. Capture shots of the damage done to your vehicle. Get shots from every angle and make sure they are clear.
Make copies of these pictures and present them to your attorney. The damage to your automobile is some evidence of the impact of the collision, which can correlate to the injuries that you have sustained.
Getting injured at work is a very serious matter, and you should take it seriously because the injury may be severe. If it is and you are trying to receive workers’ compensation, then these tips are important to consider. They can help you with the claims process, so that you can focus on your health and move on with your life.
Tell Your Manager
Immediately after getting injured, it is important to tell your manager, boss, or the person of authority on duty. Let them know what happened. The manager may have an obligation to record the injury and report it to the insurer and the department of industrial accidents. This is important because it may set in motion the claims process and certain obligations on the part of the employer and/or insurer.
Also, the sooner you report the injury, the fresher the incident is going to be in your head. This will help you to describe the accident as accurately as possible.
There are many myths and falsehoods surrounding workers’ compensation. When you’re starting or dealing with the application process for a workers’ compensation claim, it is important to know the difference between fact and fiction.
Massachusetts a No-Fault State
The first thing to remember is that the workers’ compensation system is a no-fault system, meaning it does not matter whose negligence resulted in your injury, as long as you meet the criteria set forth by the state of Massachusetts. In return, employees cannot sue their employer directly for negligence and some other damages. This means that your employer cannot be sued for faulty equipment, but the manufacturer or some other entity may still be sued.
When deciding if you have a workers’ compensation claim, it should be noted that the workers’ comp system covers employees during a specific work-related incident, as well as for injuries and illness caused over a period of time directly resulting from employment duties. So, if you have a repetitive job that causes extreme muscle or joint strain and pain, you may be covered.
With that said, there are some conditions that are not covered under Massachusetts workers’ compensation laws. Also, injuries and illness received over a period of time can be more difficult to prove and define. In these cases, the need for documentation to prove the injury is sustained from work-related activities is even more important.
Injuries are often unavoidable, particularly in the workplace. Something as small as hitting your head or tripping over something on the floor can cause a disabling injury. Although they may be unavoidable, you may be entitled to compensation, especially if the accident left you with a long-term disability.
You may be entitled to workers’ compensation if the accident or injury happened at work. You may also be eligible for long term disability benefits if you are a participant in your company’s group long term disability plan. Keep in mind, though, that applying for long-term disability benefits might not be an easy process. Most of the time, an employer’s insurance policy may be subject to ERISA, and the rules for applying for benefits are often complex and unforgiving. To handle these disabilities in an appropriate manner, be sure to do these steps first.
We live in a world today where there are all kinds of products on the market. Unfortunately, not all of them are created equal. Some of them may be defective, and may have caused harm to you or one of your family members.
If this has happened to you, it’s important to act fast and remember these steps to take. They will help you deal with the manufacturer of that defective product correctly.
Report the Incident Quickly
After getting injured by a product, whether it was a car part or a toy or some other object, you need to document the accident as quickly as possible. Failing to do so could cause you to lose your recollection of what happened and how the injury occurred. Worse, it might appear that you are making the claim up just to try to gain an illigitimate settlement, which could result in legal trouble if you are not careful.
Accidents in the workplace happen more often than you think. The next thing you know, you might be the next victim. Under the law, you are entitled to compensation for all the costs you had to pay as part of your recovery.
Knowing what steps to take can avoid unnecessary delays and other potential issues when looking to receive fair compensation for injuries sustained due to possible negligence of another party.
Write Down What Happened
Reduce inconsistencies by writing down what happened or recording your account on video. File a police report to further ensure that there’s a record of your version of what occurred.
Get Visual Evidence
Visual evidence should include photos of your injuries along with pictures or video footage of the location where the injury occurred. An attorney can help you secure any footage that may have been captured by bystanders.
Track Medical Expenses
Even if your health insurance may cover most of your expenses, it’s important to track immediate costs. Related expenses can be determined later with assistance from an attorney.
Identify Potential Witnesses
Witnesses may be reluctant to come forward, so get as much contact information as you can from anyone who may have observed your injury. You’ll get help from an attorney with any witness interviews and statements.
Keep in mind that there is a statute of limitations, or deadline, for filing a personal injury claim in Massachusetts, which is usually three years from the time of injury.
When you need to apply for long term disability, the formal process takes some time, especially if the Massachusetts court adjudicators are backed up. While the process varies based upon your employer and medical situation, you can expect it to take up to 6 months. Your disability lawyer can help you understand the disability adjudication process and may be able to help you with any appeals or paperwork submissions that you need to do for your case.
Determination of Disability
The first task of a disability claim adjudicator is to determine whether or not you are completely disabled. The adjudicator is typically a physician or a team of nurses and physicians. The adjudicator may take into account your physical limitations and how they relate to the type of work you do.
Determination of the Benefit Period
The adjudicator must also determine the disability benefit period. In Massachusetts, most people can continue to receive long-term disability benefits until they reach the age of 62. After this, social security benefits take over the disability payments.
Determination of the Qualifying Period
Another task of a disability claims adjudicator is to determine the qualifying period for your disability. Most long-term disability claims require that you will be permanently and completely disabled for more than one year and that you are incapable of doing paid work. The adjudicator may consider time periods when you had a partial disability.