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Workers' compensation benefits costly to Massachusetts companies

A work accident can be not only traumatic, but deadly. They can also cost employers large payout amounts in workers' compensation benefits. Recently an article has been released drawing attention to the Massachusetts work related accidents and illnesses over the past year. This has shown the public the number of workers' compensation cases and the need to help prevent work related accidents.

While OSHA and other federal agencies are in place to help prevent such accidents, statistics show more still needs to be done to prevent injuries and deaths. There are fines in place and other penalties for companies that don't comply with regulations, but accidents are still happening at a rapid rate. Reportedly, Massachusetts work accidents had declined for a year, but have since risen again.

An accident can be financially devastating to a worker or their family. They can be faced with mounds of medical bills and the potential cost of long term patient care. A family can also lose their main or even sole source of income, causing a financial and emotional hardship.

Any Massachusetts worker that has been injured at work may be best served to look into their rights under the appropriate laws. Workers' compensation benefits could play a role when an on-the-job accident results in injury or death. An injured employee often qualifies for these important insurance benefits, and surviving family members typically have rights to death benefits when a fatality occurs. Dangerous workplaces are something many workers are faced with, and no worker should have to fear for their life. Having a strong knowledge concerning the best way to proceed is the best first step.

Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette, "Report puts spotlight on worker safety," Brian Boyd, May 5, 2013

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