What To Expect In The Workers’ Comp Process
When you’re suffering from a serious injury or illness, the last thing you want to deal with is a complicated legal process. Yet getting workers’ comp often requires sorting through a mountain of paperwork, making sense of confusing deadlines, and responding to claim denials and requests for information — all while trying to get the medical care you so desperately need.
Fortunately, you don’t have to struggle through this process alone. At Barry D. Lang, M.D. & Associates, our attorneys can help you get the maximum benefits you deserve.
Why Choose Us?
We understand the Massachusetts workers’ comp system inside and out.
Because we have doctors and nurses on staff, we bring an in-depth level of medical and legal knowledge to these claims.
We can review your options quickly, sparing you the delays you’d encounter at other law firms.
We’re committed to your interests alone. The same can’t be said for your employer or insurer.
Tips For A Successful Claim
Here are some tips for protecting your rights after a work-related injury:
- Report your injury to your employer, who will then initiate the claims process with the insurance company. This step is critical for getting the ball rolling on your workers’ comp claim.
- Get medical treatment as soon as possible. A prompt evaluation is not only necessary for getting treatment before your condition gets worse, but it is also critical for documenting your injury.
- The insurer may require you to undergo a physical examination by one of its physicians (called an independent medical examination) to verify the nature and extent of your injury.
- If your claim is denied, you have a right to contest the decision. You will have an opportunity to make your case before an administrative law judge. After that, you may be able to pursue further appeals before the review board and the Massachusetts Court of Appeals.
Depending on which stage you’re at in the process — whether you just initiated the claim or have already received a denial — we can walk you through what to expect.