Brockton Workers' Compensation
In Brockton, Bridgewater and Easton, MA there were a total of 132,000 people in the civilian labor force as of July 2014. Of the civilian workers, 20.9 percent were in the field of trade, transportation and utilities. Education and health services; government work; and professional and business services were other sectors with a high number of employees in the Brockton area according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
In the transportation, trade and utilities industry, there were 1,153 worker fatalities in 2013 according to the BLS. Workers in this sector, as well as in other positions throughout Brockton, have legal rights if an injury occurs at work. Workers’ compensation benefits are available both to injured employees and to family members of victims killed in an on-the-job accident. An experienced Brockton law firm at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman can provide representation to those harmed by the performance of work tasks.Workplace Injury Risks
Brockton is located in Plymouth County and is one of two seats within the county. Brockton had a population of 93,810 as of the 2010 Census, which makes the city the seventh largest in Massachusetts. The success of the Brockton High School sports program coupled with the fact that the famous boxer Rocky Marciano was from the Brockton area have resulted in the city earning the auspicious title of the ‘City of Champions.”
Bordered by Stoughton, Whitman, East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater, Brockton is located 25 miles to the south of Boston. The city was named among the 100 Best Communities for Young People in the United States, and has made a commitment to education and mentoring young people.
Unfortunately, when young people enter the workforce, there is a risk of injury or fatalities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that there were 361 young workers killed nationwide in 2012 and another 174,740 teens injured in the workplace. Teens who chose to work in Brockton are among the employees who could be harmed when employers fail to follow safety precautions or when dangerous conditions exist at work. In recent years, for example a Brockton, MA contractor was cited for failure to protect workers from fall hazards.
While employers are expected to obey OSHA rules and are penalized for a failure to do so, workers’ compensation laws exist to protect workers in any situation where a workplace accident occurs. This means that a worker who gets hurt because he or she is doing his job may make a claim for work injury benefits and does not have to prove negligence or a violation of OSHA in order to be entitled to receive medical coverage and disability income.Getting Help from a Brockton Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Although workers’ compensation is supposed to ensure that no worker faces financial problems due to a workplace injury, some Brockton employers and insurers do not pay as required after an incident that causes harm. A workers’ compensation attorney can help employees to understand their rights, make a claim and ensure they get the benefits that they deserve under Massachusetts law.
Schedule your free consultation with a Brockton workers’ compensation lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman. Call (617) 367-2900 or contact us online.