Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano

Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano A small law firm 19 miles north of Boston concentrating in worker's compensation and personal injury Our law firm represents people. People who have been hurt at work.

People injured through no fault of their own. People who have suffered injury due to the negligence of others; people who have serious disabilities and are in need of help. We have many years of experience representing injured parties and their families. Our staff of four attorneys and legal professionals are available to assist you in all aspects of your injury claim. We know what you are going through. We will thoroughly prepare your case. We will fight for you. You cannot fight alone.

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Our attorneys leverage their dedicated experience in injury recovery to fight for workers injured on the job.
11/01/2021
We Help Injured Workers

Our attorneys leverage their dedicated experience in injury recovery to fight for workers injured on the job.

Over 50 years’ combined experience.

Anyone hurt on the job must promptly notify their employer about the injury.
06/21/2021
Now’s The Time To Speak Up

Anyone hurt on the job must promptly notify their employer about the injury.

Remaining silent can sink a claim.

I hired Terri Millner about 20 years ago.She started as a receptionist in our 5 lawyer firm and slowly assumed more resp...
05/02/2021

I hired Terri Millner about 20 years ago.
She started as a receptionist in our 5 lawyer firm and slowly assumed more responsibilities. She became our bookkeeper/office manager upon the passing of my mother Edith who had a second career at the law firm of her son and grandson from age 65 to her passing 20 years later.
Along the way she trained Terri to replace her.
I’m amazed Terri didn’t quit or lose her sanity as Edith’s skill set was not training people much less her replacement.
Terri soldiered on with good humor.
One day, Edith having been certain No One could replace her, finally said to me: “Terri gets it”
High praise, indeed.
So for the last dozen or so years there was Terri- always in early- entrusted with our books and our well being, and I think she loved us as we loved her.
Her credits outweighed her debits which in bookkeeping lingo means a budget unbalanced, but her life was truly one of balance and warmth.
P.S. I hope she left the combination to the safe where I can find it.

I hired Terri Millner about 20 years ago.
She started as a receptionist in our 5 lawyer firm and slowly assumed more responsibilities. She became our bookkeeper/office manager upon the passing of my mother Edith who had a second career at the law firm of her son and grandson from age 65 to her passing 20 years later.
Along the way she trained Terri to replace her.
I’m amazed Terri didn’t quit or lose her sanity as Edith’s skill set was not training people much less her replacement.
Terri soldiered on with good humor.
One day, Edith having been certain No One could replace her, finally said to me: “Terri gets it”
High praise, indeed.
So for the last dozen or so years there was Terri- always in early- entrusted with our books and our well being, and I think she loved us as we loved her.
Her credits outweighed her debits which in bookkeeping lingo means a budget unbalanced, but her life was truly one of balance and warmth.
P.S. I hope she left the combination to the safe where I can find it.

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03/16/2021

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Two expert #Attorneys and two expert #Epidemiologists put on a #COVID19 #webinar and discuss establishing #causation as a workplace disease... there's no punch line. It's not a joke.

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03/06/2021

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01/11/2021

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Presented by Profs. John H. Burton, Jr. & Michael Duff, Moderated by Alan Pierce, this WILG #Exclusive member event is happening soon. Don't miss out on the most comprehensive and up to date information by the leading industry experts.
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01/11/2021

Monday, January 11, 2021
Worker Groups Hope Biden's Labor Pick Will Mean Changes for Safety, Retaliation
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President-elect Joe Biden's selection of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as labor secretary could signal a major shift in how federal authorities approach workplace safety and retaliation against immigrant workers, which could have an effect on compensation claims.

Mayor Marty Walsh
Claimants' attorneys and labor advocates who have worked in Boston through the years praised Walsh's support of worker benefit improvements and his knowledge of workers' comp issues.
“When he was a state representative, he was usually the sponsor of bills that sought to modify or eliminate some of the more drastic provisions of the workers' comp overhaul of the early '90’s that significantly reduced benefit levels and made other, more business-friendly provisions,” said Alan Pierce, a claimants' lawyer and podcaster in Boston.
Others said the former union leader is likely to enforce tougher coronavirus safety standards than were implemented under the Trump administration. Biden also has called for doubling the number of Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators.
“The selection of Mayor Marty Walsh ... is a strong signal that the incoming administration plans to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the workplace,” New Jersey workers' comp attorney Jon Gelman said in an email. “The nation's decision-makers will now have a vigorous advocate to strengthen workplace safety and remedy the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's ineffectiveness.”
Pierce, the Massachusetts claimants' lawyer, said that while Walsh has a pro-labor background, he's shown himself to be fair-minded and conscious of employer cost concerns.
“He knows the issues surrounding workers' comp generally, and the need to balance fair and expeditious payments to injured workers,” he said. Walsh has kept in mind “the interest of employers and the impact of costs on their bottom line.”
He added that Walsh's reputation “is that he listens to all sides, understands the needs of the working men and women of Massachusetts — and now the country — and has the perfect temperament for this position.”
"Working people, labor unions and those fighting every day for their shot at the middle class are the backbone of our economy and of this country," Walsh said in a tweet last week. "As Secretary of Labor, I'll work just as hard for you as you do for your families and livelihoods. You have my word."
Pierce said he hopes Walsh and Biden will continue the dialogue, begun the 1970s and picked up again by President Obama's labor secretary, about the inadequacy of some state-based workers' compensation programs.

These four accident categories are the most common for workplace injuries.
12/31/2020
Do I Work In A Dangerous Office?

These four accident categories are the most common for workplace injuries.

Seek compensation benefits alongside a lawyer.

PPNLAW's Attorney Judson Pierce, presents the employee counsel's perspective, and Attorney Barrett presents the insurer ...
09/14/2020
Practical Lawyering Skills: Initial Steps in Your Workers’ Compensation Practice

PPNLAW's Attorney Judson Pierce, presents the employee counsel's perspective, and Attorney Barrett presents the insurer counsel's perspective in this continuing legal education seminar.

»Recorded on 12/12/2017 »Presenters: Judson L. Pierce, Esq., Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano, Salem and Ned W. Barrett, Esq., Law Offices of Martin B. Schneider,...

09/02/2020
08/20/2020

Best Lawyers a peer review publication today announced that once again Pierce,Pierce & Napolitano has been voted a Tier 1 ( highest) Law Firm for Workers’ Compensation for the 8th consecutive year and
Firm founder Alan Pierce was been voted Lawyer of the Year in Workers’ Compensation for the second time 2019,2021).

Our workers' compensation attorneys have decades of experience helping the injured in Eastern Massachusetts.
07/23/2020
A Law Firm For Hard-Working People

Our workers' compensation attorneys have decades of experience helping the injured in Eastern Massachusetts.

Free consultations and responsive service.

07/22/2020

COVID-19 heroes must jump through hoops for workers’ comp
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVARtoday

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FILE - In this April 14, 2020, file photo FDNY firefighters gather to applaud medical workers as attending physician Mollie Williams, left, wears personal protective equipment due to COVID-19 concerns outside Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York. Essential workers are lauded for their service and hailed as everyday heroes. But in most states nurses, first responders and frontline workers who get COVID-19 on the job have no guarantee they'll qualify for workers' comp to cover lost wages and medical care. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lauded for their service and hailed as everyday heroes, essential workers who get the coronavirus on the job have no guarantee in most states they’ll qualify for workers’ compensation to cover lost wages and medical care.
Fewer than one-third of the states have enacted policies that shift the burden of proof for coverage of job-related COVID-19 so workers like first responders and nurses don’t have to show they got sick by reporting for a risky assignment.
Debate over workers’ comp in the states is part of a much larger national discussion about liability for virus exposure, with Republicans in Congress seeking a broad shield for businesses in the next coronavirus relief bill.
And for most employees going back to job sites as the economy reopens, there’s even less protection than for essential workers. In nearly all states, they have to prove they got the virus on the job to qualify for workers’ comp.
Nurse Dori Harrington of Manchester, Connecticut, said she got COVID-19 caring for infected patients at a nursing home, with limited protective gear. Harrington was severely ill and missed five weeks of work, yet her workers’ comp claim was initially denied on grounds that her disease was “not distinctively associated with, nor peculiar” to her job.
“It’s great to be appreciated, but we need to be taken care of, too,” said Harrington, who eventually won her claim with union help. “Nobody should have to fight to be taken care of when they were simply doing their job taking care of other people. It’s obnoxious to me.”
Workers’ compensation is not health insurance, or an unemployment benefit. The $56 billion, state-level insurance system is one of the nation’s oldest forms of a social contract. In exchange for coverage, workers give up the right to sue their employers for job-related harms. Employers pay premiums to support the system. Complex rules differ from state to state.
Dealing with job-related injuries is fairly straightforward, but diseases have always been trickier for workers’ comp, and COVID-19 seems to be in a class of its own.
“You don’t know per se where you inhaled that breath whereby you became infected,” said Bill Smith, president of the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group, or WILG, a professional association of lawyers representing workers.
You can still reach a logical conclusion, says University of Wyoming labor law professor Michael Duff.
“When you are talking about certain kinds of frontline workers, out in the trenches, day in and day out, that person starts to look like the coal miner who is routinely exposed to a hazardous health condition because of their work,” he explained.
Think hospital and nursing home clinical staff, first responders, and meat packing workers, among others.
Acknowledging such realities, more than a dozen states have enacted policies known as “presumptions” that relieve essential workers like Dori Harrington, the nurse from Connecticut, of having to prove how they actually got COVID-19 on the job.
The list includes liberal states like California and conservative states like Kentucky, according to WILG, the lawyers’ group. California’s policy stands out because it protects all workers, not just those in frontline roles.
At the federal level, there’s a push to protect workers at the Transportation Security Administration and the Postal Service.
Duff predicts most states will be reluctant to expand protections.
The issue involves significant costs and hard lobbying. It pits workers, labor groups, lawyers, and social welfare advocates against employers, insurers, and even local and state governments that employ frontline workers.
In Colorado, a drive to enact a COVID-19 presumption for essential workers stalled in the legislature over cost concerns.
“At a time of community spread of a disease like this, it is not appropriate for a workers’ comp system to act as a public safety net,” said Edie Sonn, head of public affairs for Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s leading workers’ comp insurer, which opposed the effort.
Certain businesses would have seen premiums rise up to 27%, she added.
Industry expert Stefan Holzberger of the AM Best credit rating agency said there’s a risk of significant losses for workers’ comp insurers, but there are also potential mitigating factors. The bottom line isn’t clear yet.
“From what we see so far, the average claims cost associated with a COVID-19 claim is less than the loss associated with a typical workers’ comp claim,” said Holzberger. “Going to the hospital and getting a test is a lot less than getting neck or back surgery.”
Another mitigating factor: workplace injuries went down dramatically in the economic shutdown.
For essential workers who got COVID-19 and suffered through fever, fatigue, shortness of breath, racking cough, and other symptoms, the denial or acceptance of a workers’ comp claim can have a profound impact.
Fire alarm inspector Kenneth Larkin of Montevallo, Ala., said he was rebuffed by his former employer when he requested workers’ comp for a coronavirus test. He had gotten sick soon after inspecting systems in the COVID-19 wing of a hospital.
“I think a certain number of workers are being villainized because they want to take care of themselves,” said Larkin, who’s retained a lawyer. “It’s hard for me as a human being to swallow that, when you place the value of a person’s health at less than the cost of a test.”
But nurse Debbie Koehler of Warren, Ohio, said she felt validated when her claim was accepted by the insurer for the rehab hospital where she works.
“It’s just knowing that my employer is actively admitting that this wrong happened and they are paying for my therapy,” she said.

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At Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano, we are focused on helping injured people in Massachusetts. If you are overwhelmed after an injury sidelines you from work you don’t need to go through it alone. We are standing ready to provide experienced and effective workers’ compensation and personal injury law representation.

We have experience helping clients injured in and outside the workplace with a variety of personal injury cases. When injuries or other health issues make working impossible, we are able to assist with claims involving Social Security Disability Insurance. We also handle workers compensation claims when you have been injured within the workplace.

These situations can be difficult to navigate, but we intend to make this process as seamless as possible for you so you can go back to focusing on what’s important to you. We know how the system works and what needs to be done to ensure that you receive medical assistance and the compensation to make up for your missing income until you are recovered and able to return to work. Contact us today to discuss your case.

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Our attorneys leverage their dedicated experience in injury recovery to fight for workers injured on the job.
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Our skilled attorneys help Massachusetts workers get the compensation they need.
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We stand up for workers who have suffered injuries on the job.
Anyone hurt on the job must promptly notify their employer about the injury.
We do everything we can to help our clients secure the medical coverage they need for workplace injuries.
I hired Terri Millner about 20 years ago. She started as a receptionist in our 5 lawyer firm and slowly assumed more responsibilities. She became our bookkeeper/office manager upon the passing of my mother Edith who had a second career at the law firm of her son and grandson from age 65 to her passing 20 years later. Along the way she trained Terri to replace her. I’m amazed Terri didn’t quit or lose her sanity as Edith’s skill set was not training people much less her replacement. Terri soldiered on with good humor. One day, Edith having been certain No One could replace her, finally said to me: “Terri gets it” High praise, indeed. So for the last dozen or so years there was Terri- always in early- entrusted with our books and our well being, and I think she loved us as we loved her. Her credits outweighed her debits which in bookkeeping lingo means a budget unbalanced, but her life was truly one of balance and warmth. P.S. I hope she left the combination to the safe where I can find it.
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