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Workplace Disfigurement Laws Changing in Massachusetts

Typically, you can file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits as soon as you become injured on the job or develop an illness that is related to your work. But as we’ve seen in Boston, that’s not always the case. Back in 2012, Sylbert Stewart, an employee at the Belmont metal finishing factory, fell from the edge of a dipping tank into a pool of chemicals. Stewart sustained second and third degree burns on his legs—doctors removed skin from his back, chest, and arms to use as skin grafts on his burn injuries.

Because of workers’ compensation laws, Stewart received temporary disability benefits through the Massachusetts system, which paid 60 percent of his wage loss, along with the entire cost of medical treatment. However, he did not receive compensation for the scarring on his legs, which covers 38 percent of his total body surface.

If you or someone you love has been injured while working in the Greater Boston area, Taurus Law Group can help. We have experience fighting workers’ compensation cases—contact us or give us a call at 844-282-8787.

Scarring Injury Legislation in Boston

The main issue Stewart faces is that employers and insurance companies see scarring as nothing more than a cosmetic injury—when in reality, that’s not the case at all. Scarring impacts a person’s quality of life and often these disfigurements affect whether or not the person can find a job post-injury.

A bill introduced to the Massachusetts State Senate earlier this year addresses the change many scar victims have been waiting for. Currently, to be compensated for permanent disfigurement from a work-related accident, the scarring must be on the victim’s face, neck, or hands. Many workers suffer injuries throughout Massachusetts, with some being scarred from chemical burns, gas explosions, falling pallets, or other injuries. But if workers are disfigured on their arms, legs, or torsos, like Stewart, they do not receive compensation.

Burn Victims Will Earn Compensation

The Massachusetts Senate approved a measure 36 to 1 that ensures scarring victims like Stewart will finally receive compensation. The bill expands the benefits for permanent scarring under the Workers’ Compensation Act, eliminates the “face, neck, or hands” requirement, and alters the amount of maximum compensation for scarring from $15,000 to 30 times the average weekly wage of all employees in Massachusetts.

Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in the Boston Area

If you have been injured at work in any industry in the Boston area, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. No matter who is at fault, Taurus Law Group in Beverly, MA can help you begin the recovery process by getting your settlement fast!

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