Salem Workers' Compensation
Bureau of Labor Statistics data reveals 75,300 people in the civilian labor force within Salem, Methuen, and Lawrence. The majority of workers --24.87 percent -- are reportedly employed in sales, office and administrative support positions. Management, business, and finance, as well as engineering and computer science, are also occupations where significant percentages of the Salem workforce are employed.
A worker in these or other fields who gets hurt on-the-job must understand Massachusetts laws on workers’ compensation. Under these laws, a worker can’t sue his employer after he suffers an injury or gets sick from work. However, employers must buy workers’ compensation insurance and this insurance provides payment of medical bills and disability income, either on a temporary or permanent basis. Workers’ compensation coverage is available regardless of who was at fault for the incident, even if an employer was as careful as possible. An experienced Salem workers’ compensation attorney can provide assistance in getting coverage and resolving disputes over benefits.Salem Workers Face Risks
Salem Massachusetts was the location of the infamous Salem witch trials. The area was the setting for the famous Arthur Miller novel, The Crucible, which told the story of this grim period in our nation’s history. However, Salem is so much more than just the place where witch trails occurred hundreds of years ago.
Salem is located along the Naumkeag River and spans an area of 8.1 square miles. Salem is divided from Marblehead and Beverly Harbor by the Massachusetts Bay. The city is made up of small neighborhoods, and a bike-sharing program has been instituted called Salem Spins to try to encourage this green mode of transportation. The downtown waterfront area is also undergoing a redevelopment, which has been funded with $1,000,000 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Workers who are part of construction efforts face the risk of the “fatal four” top causes of construction injury identified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The fatal four include falls; becoming caught in or between things; being hit by something; or electrocution. However, any worker could potentially fall; be exposed to hazards or otherwise get injured. This includes workers in management, business, and financing, where so many in Salem are employed.Getting Help From a Salem Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has identified numerous workplace safety violations committed by Salem companies in recent years, including:
- A failure to protect workers from cave-in hazards at a job site.
- A failure to follow requirements for fall protection.
While you do not have to prove negligence to get workers’ compensation benefits, it is still important that employers learn about what they have done to endanger workers in order to reduce future risks. Regardless of whether an employer has been careful or not, however, you should receive coverage for medical bills as well as disability benefits after you get hurt at work.