East Boston Workers' Compensation
Throughout Boston, Massachusetts, there were 1,600,000 workers in the civilian labor force in July 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A total of 340,700 were providing professional and business services and 253,700 were in the trade, transportation and utilities industry. The largest number were employed in the educational and health services sector. There were a total of 409,200 people working jobs within this sector as of July 2014.
Workers in these and other sectors face potential for workplace injuries and fatalities. When accidents happen on the job in East Boston, it is important to get legal help. A lawyer can assist you in understanding whether you have any third-party non-employers to sue and can assist with the process of making a workers’ compensation claim to receive benefits for your injuries. Contact the East Boston workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman today to learn more.East Boston Workers Face Risks of Workplace
East Boston was once a center of shipbuilding and is today a gateway to people from around the world because it is the home to Logan Airport. The area was the home of the first branch library in the nation, which was constructed in 1870. It provides waterfront views of the city skyline and a mix of old and new housing, which makes the East Boston area a very attractive place to live and work.
East Boston has always been a neighborhood heavily favored by immigrant workers and today large portions of the population are made of up Italian-Americans as well as immigrants from Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia.
Unfortunately, immigrants generally tend to face significant risk of workplace injury. As the National Institute of Health explains, immigrants are more likely to take dangerous jobs, and are disproportionately employed in high risk fields such as agriculture or construction. This leads to higher rates of both workplace injuries and workplace fatalities.
Workers in every sector, both immigrant and native-born can face risks both because of inherent dangers in their jobs and because employers fail to take safety precautions. Myriad Boston companies have faced citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for a failure to comply with workplace safety requirements. In recent years, employers were cited for:
When an employer does not protect worker safety, there is a significant danger for employees.East Boston Workers Have Rights
Although a failure to follow safety rules can result in an employer facing OSHA citations, compliance with regulations is not relevant when it comes to work injury benefits for injured employees. Regardless of whether an employer was to blame or followed all the rules, a worker who is hurt or who gets sick due to his work tasks is entitled to work injury benefits. An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help with initial claims as well as with disputes that arise if and employer or insurer tries to deny a worker the benefits he deserves.
Schedule your free consultation with an East Boston workers’ compensation lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman. Call (617) 367-2900 or contact us online.