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Michael O. Smith
  • Insurance Claims, Personal Injury, Social Security Disability/SSI...
  • Massachusetts
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Practice Areas
  • Insurance Claims
  • Personal Injury
  • Social Security Disability/SSI
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Products Liability
  • Animal & Dog Law
Additional Practice Area
  • auto accident claims
Fees
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Massachusetts
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Education
Suffolk University Law School
J.D.
Boston University
B.S. | Business Administration
Awards
Top 100 Litigation Lawyer
American Society of Legal Advocates
10 Best Client Satisfaction Award
American Institute of Legal Counsel
Professional Associations
Massachusetts Bar Association
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American Bar Association
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Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
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Personal Injury Attorney Network
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Current
Injured Workers Law and Advocacy
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Websites & Blogs
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Boston Workers Compensation Attorney Blog
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Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered

Q. If someone is killed by a drunk driver, does the state file charges or are we able to sue for wrongful death?
A: Normally, the State would bring criminal charges against the Defendant for his/her actions including OUI manslaughter if there is enough evidence for the charges. The family, next of kin of the deceased person would also be able to file a civil case against the defendant to seek a recovery. I would highly recommend you contact an experienced attorney to discuss your options
Q. How soon after the death can the survivors bring a wrongful death case?
A: In most circumstances, you have 3 years to file a wrongful Death lawsuit in Massachusetts. You usually need to have a representative to the decedents estate appointed by the probate and family court to proceed with a wrongful death action. I suggest you contact an experienced attorney in these matters for help.
Q. Is there a maximum number of times I can file for workers' compensation in MA?
A: There is nothing stopping you from filing a workers compensation claim provided its for a new injury and its within the statute of limitations. If you plan on filing another claim for the same injury and the claim has already been adjudicated, then you may run into problems. I suggest you contact an experienced WC attorney to understand your rights.
Q. I have back issues caused by my long commute to/from work. Can I file for workers compensation?
A: Under the "going and coming" rule, normally an injury that occurs during your commute off the employer's premises and off the clock will not be covered.
Q. I have been out on workman's comp since April I went to an orthopedic who recommended surgery got approved for it
A: It sounds like your medical provider is looking for payment above the rates of reimbursement WC is required to pay and therefore will not proceed with the story. Or it's your doctor just changing is opinions regarding the need for future medical care. I suggest you contact an experienced WC attorney to help you. If you are unable to perform any work due to your injury, you have a right to file a WC claim to increase your benefits to total disability. I recommend you speak with an attorney to look into the feasibility of filing a WC claim to increase your benefits
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Law Offices of Michael O. Smith
15 Broad St
#800
Boston, MA 02109
USA
Toll-Free: (617) 263-0060
Fax: (617) 263-0010