Workplace injuries are common, and in many instances, they render the injured parties unable to work. Frequently, however, people injured at work are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Generally, such benefits continue until an employee’s injuries resolve. In cases in which it is disputed whether symptoms are work-related, an employee’s disability benefits may be terminated, however. Recently, a Massachusetts appellate court discussed what an employee alleging workers’ compensation disability benefits were wrongfully ended must prove in order for the benefits to be reinstated. If you were injured at work, it is in your best interest to speak to a skilled Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorney regarding what benefits you may be owed.
It is reported that the claimant, who was a librarian for a law firm, suffered a back injury while working in March 2014. She began attending physical therapy in June 2014, which caused her to miss two days of work, and left work permanently in December 2014. Due to her injury, she sought and received disability benefits from her employer’s workers’ compensation insurer.
Allegedly, in September 2015, the claimant’s employer filed a complaint asking to terminate the claimant’s disability benefits. Following a hearing in October 2016, an administrative judge found that the claimant was totally disabled from December 2014 through December 2015, and partially disabled from December 2015 through September 2016, but that any disability after that time was not work related. Thus, her benefits were discontinued. The claimant appealed, and a reviewing board affirmed, after which the claimant appealed to State appellate court. Continue reading →