Haverhill Workers' Compensation
In Haverhill, North Andover and Amesbury, there were a total of 129,300 people in the civilian labor force, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data from July 2014. A full 17,2000 people were working in the field of trade, transportation and utilities, while 15,000 worked in education and health services and 10,800 worked in manufacturing.
Workers in these and other Haverhill industries face the risk of getting hurt, sick or killed on the job. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a total of 4,405 workers lost their lives nationwide in the U.S. in 2013, often leaving behind devastated family members with financial worries. Even when a worker lives, if he is sick or injured, he may have concerns about supporting himself or getting his medical bills covered. Fortunately, workers’ compensation laws in Massachusetts provide extensive protection to those hurt on the job. You should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you suffered an injury at work, and a workers’ compensation attorney can help you to get the benefits that you deserve.Haverhill Workers Face Injury Risks
Haverhill, MA is located on the Merrimack River in Essex County. As of 2010, Haverhill had a population of 60,879. The community began as a small farming community made up of puritans, although it evolved into an important industrial center because the nearby water was able to power gristmills and sawmills. Haverhill was the site of tanneries, woolen mills and shipbuilding throughout much of the 18th and 19th centuries, and was also home to a famous shoe-making industry for many decades. Almost a 10th of all shoes made in the U.S. were made in the city by 1913, earning Haverhill the nickname Queen Slipper City.
The manufacturing base suffered in the early part of the 20th century, but city leaders embraced urban renewal and rebuilt much of the downtown area. Haverhill continued to evolve and began a renaissance in the 21st century. The downtown has benefited from more than $150 million in private and public investments and the old factory district has been gentrified.
While the city has changed, workers continue to face risks of on-the-job injuries. Workers in any field, from construction to health care, could be hurt or get sick because of their work. This is especially true if employers do not follow regulations passed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). One Haverhill contractor, for example, was faced with more than $43,000 in fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a result of a failure to provide adequate cave-in protection on the job site.A Haverhill Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Can Help
Workers’ compensation benefits in Massachusetts allow every worker to receive payment for medical costs if his job causes health problems or physical harm. Workers who cannot work, or whose earning potential is reduced, can also get disability income benefits. These benefits are available regardless of any potential negligence on the part of the employer, and there is no requirement for a worker making an injury claim to prove his employer did anything wrong. Some employers and insurers, however, deny legitimate claims or refuse to pay benefits as required. A Haverhill legal team can provide assistance if this happens to you.