Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19 in Massachusetts

As COVID-19 continues to spread, the health of workers is at risk in many different work environments. The financial impact of the illness and access to health care are major issues for many families. In some situations, the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Act can help.

Communicable diseases are considered to be personal injuries under the Act in narrowly defined circumstances. The actual language of the law is: ”Personal injury” includes infectious or contagious diseases if the nature of the employment is such that the hazard of contracting such diseases by an employee is inherent in the employment.”

In general terms, this means that if the work you do creates a special hazard of contracting a communicable disease, you are eligible for workers’ comp benefits. It is likely that health care workers, hospital employees, and nursing home caregivers, for example, have a special risk of exposure to infection from the nature of their work. This special risk is less apparent for workers in an office setting or on a construction site.

Workers’ compensation benefits provide a weekly disability payment and medical costs. This is a no-fault system and the administration of the Workers’ Compensation Act is operating through the Department of Industrial Accidents in a reasonably efficient and effective manner.

If you have questions about Workers’ Compensation, please call our office at 617-720-1333 or email for a free consultation.

Thornton Law Firm Welcomes New Associate Madeline Korber

By: Patricia M. Flannery, Esq.

Posted on February 12, 2019

Thornton Law Firm is pleased to welcome our newest associate, Madeline Korber. Madeline will represent mesothelioma and asbestos exposure victims, children born with birth defects from parental chemical exposures, securities class actions, and employees with worker’s compensation claims. She is admitted to the Massachusetts and Connecticut bars.

A Glastonbury, Connecticut native, Madeline is a graduate of the University of Rochester (NY). Her major was in public health with a minor in ethics. She was a varsity basketball player for four years, making three NCAA tournament appearances and one Division 3 Final Four. She returned to Connecticut to attend the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford, graduating with her J.D. in 2016.

Madeline has always had an interest in health law. While in law school, she interned for private, state and federal agencies in the public health field. As an undergraduate, she had an internship in London at a residential psychiatric school and was a research assistant for a study on parenting. Before going to law school, she was a research assistant for an obesity prevention program at Harvard Pilgrim and the patient assistant at a chiropractic office.

Madeline comes to us from a position with the Center for Medicare Advocacy in Mansfield, CT, where she represented clients in Medicare proceedings. She also engaged in outreach and advocacy for people who might be Medicare eligible.

We are delighted to welcome Madeline Korber to Thornton Law Firm as part of our growing team dedicated to meeting our clients’ needs. Please give us a call at 888-491-9726 if we can assist you with your legal problem.


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