Chicopee Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts are home to numerous large construction supply stores, distribution centers and warehouse-style retail stores. These include companies such as Home Depot, Lowes, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco, Walmart and C&S Wholesale Grocers. Jobs at these and many smaller companies can involve strenuous labor, including stocking and delivering products on pallets and loading and off-loading trucks and forklifts at docks. Not all injuries, however, are from strenuous labor. Office, retail, health care and public service workers often are injured in fall-down and other incidents. Even seemingly minor injuries can develop into serious conditions such as CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome) which is the result of potentially permanent damage to the central or peripheral nervous systems. Whether you’re making a delivery or working at a construction site, working in a large company warehouse or in a small shop, store or office- when you have been injured on the job, you should call Atty. Robert W. Shute about receiving workers compensation benefits. After you have been injured and you’re focusing on your medical treatment and getting back to work, having to fight with insurance companies to get your lost wages or salary, to get your medical bills paid and to recoup other benefits is overwhelming. You don’t have to go it alone, adding stress to what you are going through. Attorney Shute welcomes your call to discuss your concerns, answer your questions and develop a strategic plan for your case. He knows the workers’ compensation insurance companies’ tactics and he won’t let them take advantage of you.

Chicopee Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts are home to numerous large construction supply stores, distribution centers and warehouse-style retail stores. These include companies such as Home Depot, Lowes, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco, Walmart and C&S Wholesale Grocers. Jobs at these and many smaller companies can involve strenuous labor, including stocking and delivering products on pallets and loading and off-loading trucks and forklifts at docks. Not all injuries, however, are from strenuous labor. Office, retail, health care and public service workers often are injured in fall-down and other incidents. Even seemingly minor injuries can develop into serious conditions such as CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome) which is the result of potentially permanent damage to the central or peripheral nervous systems. Whether you’re making a delivery or working at a construction site, working in a large company warehouse or in a small shop, store or office- when you have been injured on the job, you should call Atty. Robert W. Shute about receiving workers compensation benefits. After you have been injured and you’re focusing on your medical treatment and getting back to work, having to fight with insurance companies to get your lost wages or salary, to get your medical bills paid and to recoup other benefits is overwhelming. You don’t have to go it alone, adding stress to what you are going through. Attorney Shute welcomes your call to discuss your concerns, answer your questions and develop a strategic plan for your case. He knows the workers’ compensation insurance companies’ tactics and he won’t let them take advantage of you.

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THE NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL reports that every 7 seconds a worker is injured, which totals approximately 4,600,000 injuries per year. High risk occupations include service work such as police and fire, transportation and shipping, manufacturing and production, repair, maintenance and construction. Common injuries result from falling, lifting and being injured by equipment or collapsing structures.

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses found that Nursing Assistants and Registered Nurses have the highest incidence of non-fatal work injuries and illnesses in Massachusetts.

WORK RELATED DEATHS- According to the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, worker deaths in the Commonwealth are concentrated in the construction industry, followed by deaths due to transportation incidents such as motor vehicle crashes and workers killed by moving equipment.

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Ronnie C.
Ronnie C.
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My heart is full of gratitude to have had Attorney Robert Shute represent my son when he was injured in a auto accident. Attorney Shute’s kind, reassuring voice was the calm in the storm. He stood by my son while he was recovering and answered every question we had, and I had many!  If you or your family or friends every need a lawyer, with years of experience, who knows just what to do, call Attorney Robert Shute. He’s the Real thing, not a T.V. actor lawyer. I feel truly Blessed to have had him by our side.
D. Boone, Springfield
D. Boone, Springfield
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Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value I highly recommend Attorney Robert W. Shute as a personal injury attorney. I was injured in an auto accident several years ago and Attorney Shute provided me with high-quality legal representation to ultimately reach a favorable settlement. I was so satisfied with Attorney Shute's professionalism and timely communication that I recommended him to my family members and friends when they needed a personal injury attorney; they too were very satisfied with his legal services. Additionally, Attorney Shute has been an invaluable resource and mentor, sharing his vast law knowledge and experience with me in my practice of law as well.
Phillip G. 
Phillip G. 
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If there was ever a person that you would want to represent you it is by far your best decision to use Attorney Bob Shute. My accident happened several years ago and Bob Shute never gave up and worked so hard for my best interest! He would explain everything in detail and would translate everything in layman’s terms so I would understood everything that was happening so that I was able to make the best decisions. He never gave up and fought hard for me! I would always recommend Attorney Shute for anything you needed!
Z. O-I.
Z. O-I.
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I would highly recommend The Injury Office of Robert Shute to anyone in need of legal services. He is not only Honest, Reliable and caring, but his office is always professional, responsive, knowledgeable and resourceful. He explains the process entirely and does all he can to ensure a great outcome for all his clients. Attorney Robert Shute is will always be my first choice, if I need it again.
Charlotte
Charlotte
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He was an amazing lawyer to work with and was always updating me whenever he got news with my settlement after getting hit by another car last year. He is excellent at explaining everything and gave great advice. Highly would recommend him to anyone.
Joe V
Joe V
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I had a great experience with Attorney Shute. He spent time to understand my situation, worked hard to develop the case and was persistent in pushing it through the process and in the end he got me a very good settlement. He is very knowledgeable and easy to interact with too. Hiring him was a good investment and I definitely would use him again.
Z. Coleman
Z. Coleman
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Attorney Shute is a great Lawyer! He represented me very well for the injury I got and he had my back the entire time. I highly recommend him!
Kathy V
Kathy V
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Attorney Shute does an outstanding job. I can't say enough good things about him and his work. Through the entire process, he was very patient and professional and kept us informed of his progress. He always took the time to be sure we clearly understood our options and he secured a great and fair settlement in a very timely manner. He was really wonderful to work with during a very stressful time. I very highly recommend Attorney Shute!
A.B., Springfield
A.B., Springfield
Customer
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Attorney Shute is an exceptional lawyer who practices law with honesty and genuine integrity to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients. He has a friendly staff and he is always available to answer questions about your case and explains every possible scenario so that as a client you are aware of all of your options and you remain well informed about the status of your case. My family and I have utilized his services on more than one occasion and his results have proven to be fair and reasonable. I would definitely recommend his services to others.
Jeannine M.
Jeannine M.
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I was hit by a hit and run vehicle as pedestrian. I went through the motions as instructed by the proper people. Hiring an attorney was not something I had realized I needed to do. After being in the Dr's office overwhelmed by the paperwork and pain someone said, your Attorney will do that for you. So I went on a hunt. If you are looking for an Attorney who you can actually talk to on the phone, Attorney Shute is your guy. He was always very professional and he explained everything in a way I always understood. He is patient, a good listener and aware of my injuries making me comfortable. I don't hesitate to tell people he's a great choice. And oh yes, we won my case.
E.C., Greenfield
E.C., Greenfield
Customer
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Attorney Shute helped me through a difficult legal process after I was injured in an auto accident. Although the case was complex, he carefully, methodically and patiently advised me over all the hurdles that were placed in our path. Even the smallest accidents can be traumatic and legal nightmares. Attorney Shute traveled to my home to meet with me while I was injured and so traumatized I was unable to drive. He is smart, capable, and accessible. I recommend him very highly to anyone in need of expert personal injury advice.
R. Sears,
R. Sears,
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Robert did a fantastic job with my case. I can’t express that enough! Absolutely on point and very helpful!!! I recommend him to everyone!
J. Price
J. Price
Customer
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I was dealing with a tough situation and needed legal guidance. Attourney Shute not only helped me through the process, he helped give me a better understanding of how the legal process works when dealing with various aspects of legal formalities. He is always punctual and pleasant as well and did a wonderful job of keep me in the loop of happenings and explaining aspects that I was not clear about throughout my experience. He made me feel more comfortable and confident with his legal guidance. I would recommend Attourney Shute to anyone in need of legal guidance or assistance and will guarantee you will be very satisfied with all the services and legal expertise he provides. Definately will be my go to Attorney on any legal matters
Loren D.
Loren D.
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Attorney Shute was thorough, professional, and knowledgeable with our case. We highly recommend him!
S. Torres
S. Torres
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I would like to thank Mr shute for all his help he went above and beyond for me yoou are the best I have could not have done this without you thanks to you I have a future again and I have no worries and God bless and thank you for everything you are the best I appreciate everything you've done for me and for my family thank you thank you thank you
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Workers’ Compensation Law in Massachusetts

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 152 is the state law that governs Workers’ Compensation Benefits. Workers Compensation benefits are paid on a “no-fault” basis meaning that any fault of the employee does not affect the benefits. There is a trade-off with the “no-fault” system, however, because workers’ compensation benefits are not as comprehensive as the monetary “damages” that are available in non work-related injuries. The sub-sections within c.152 set out the conditions for what benefits are payable, depending upon the extent of the injury to the employee.

  • Medical Expenses
  • Temporary Total Disability
  • Permanent and Total Disability
  • Partial Disability
  • Permanent Loss of Function
  • Death Benefits for Surviving Spouse
  • Disfigurement and Scarring
  • Lump Sum Settlements
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

It is vitally important to have an attorney represent you when you are injured on the job. The insurance company is determined to pay you little or nothing for your injury. Attorney Shute’s focus is on you, the employee, and getting the benefits you rightfully deserve. Attorney Shute knows that each worker’s injury is unique and merits attention to details. Having skilled, knowledgeable and experienced legal representation to assemble and present the evidence necessary to prevail in complex workers compensation cases is essential.

Chicopee

333 Front St., Suite 4,
Chicopee, Massachusetts
Phone: (413) 592-0999

Workers’ Compensation Legal Fee Statute

Just as in other injury cases, workers’ compensation injury clients never have to pay a legal fee out-of-pocket. The legal fee in workers’ compensation is structured somewhat differently from most cases, however, because the fee is governed by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 152. Most non-work-related injury claims that are not resolved by a settlement agreement are resolved by filing a lawsuit in the Massachusetts District Court or Superior Court where a jury trial results in a verdict. Disputed Workers’ Compensation cases, however, are resolved by an administrative law judge at the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents, known as the DIA.

When work injury cases are disputed at the DIA, the proceedings are divided into three main parts: Conciliation, Conference and Hearing. At the Conciliation, a DIA conciliator decides whether to move your case forward to the next phase, the Conference, where a judge will make a temporary order regarding payment of your wages and medical bills. When the judge rules in your favor at a Conference, the workers’ compensation insurance company has to pay Atty. Shute for his work on your case. Later, if the case does not settle by agreement, the case moves forward again to the third phase, a Hearing, where the judge makes a permanent ruling (subject to appeal) about payment of your wages and medical bills. Again, if the judge rules in your favor, the insurance company has to pay Atty. Shute for his work on your case. If your case settles by ”lump sum agreement” then the attorney’s fee set by Massachusetts law for work injuries is 20% of the settlement amount.

Ronnie C.
Ronnie C.
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 My heart is full of gratitude to have had Attorney Robert Shute represent my son when he was injured in a auto accident. Attorney Shute’s kind, reassuring voice was the calm in the storm. He stood by my son while he was recovering and answered every question we had, and I had many!  If you or your family or friends every need a lawyer, with years of experience, who knows just what to do, call Attorney Robert Shute. He’s the Real thing, not a T.V. actor lawyer. I feel truly Blessed to have had him by our side.
D. Boone, Springfield
D. Boone, Springfield
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Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value I highly recommend Attorney Robert W. Shute as a personal injury attorney. I was injured in an auto accident several years ago and Attorney Shute provided me with high-quality legal representation to ultimately reach a favorable settlement. I was so satisfied with Attorney Shute's professionalism and timely communication that I recommended him to my family members and friends when they needed a personal injury attorney; they too were very satisfied with his legal services. Additionally, Attorney Shute has been an invaluable resource and mentor, sharing his vast law knowledge and experience with me in my practice of law as well.
Phillip G. 
Phillip G. 
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If there was ever a person that you would want to represent you it is by far your best decision to use Attorney Bob Shute. My accident happened several years ago and Bob Shute never gave up and worked so hard for my best interest! He would explain everything in detail and would translate everything in layman’s terms so I would understood everything that was happening so that I was able to make the best decisions. He never gave up and fought hard for me! I would always recommend Attorney Shute for anything you needed!
Z. O-I.
Z. O-I.
Read More
I would highly recommend The Injury Office of Robert Shute to anyone in need of legal services. He is not only Honest, Reliable and caring, but his office is always professional, responsive, knowledgeable and resourceful. He explains the process entirely and does all he can to ensure a great outcome for all his clients. Attorney Robert Shute is will always be my first choice, if I need it again.
Charlotte
Charlotte
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He was an amazing lawyer to work with and was always updating me whenever he got news with my settlement after getting hit by another car last year. He is excellent at explaining everything and gave great advice. Highly would recommend him to anyone.
Joe V
Joe V
Read More
I had a great experience with Attorney Shute. He spent time to understand my situation, worked hard to develop the case and was persistent in pushing it through the process and in the end he got me a very good settlement. He is very knowledgeable and easy to interact with too. Hiring him was a good investment and I definitely would use him again.
Z. Coleman
Z. Coleman
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Attorney Shute is a great Lawyer! He represented me very well for the injury I got and he had my back the entire time. I highly recommend him!
Kathy V
Kathy V
Read More
Attorney Shute does an outstanding job. I can't say enough good things about him and his work. Through the entire process, he was very patient and professional and kept us informed of his progress. He always took the time to be sure we clearly understood our options and he secured a great and fair settlement in a very timely manner. He was really wonderful to work with during a very stressful time. I very highly recommend Attorney Shute!
A.B., Springfield
A.B., Springfield
Read More
Attorney Shute is an exceptional lawyer who practices law with honesty and genuine integrity to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients. He has a friendly staff and he is always available to answer questions about your case and explains every possible scenario so that as a client you are aware of all of your options and you remain well informed about the status of your case. My family and I have utilized his services on more than one occasion and his results have proven to be fair and reasonable. I would definitely recommend his services to others.
Jeannine M.
Jeannine M.
Read More
I was hit by a hit and run vehicle as pedestrian. I went through the motions as instructed by the proper people. Hiring an attorney was not something I had realized I needed to do. After being in the Dr's office overwhelmed by the paperwork and pain someone said, your Attorney will do that for you. So I went on a hunt. If you are looking for an Attorney who you can actually talk to on the phone, Attorney Shute is your guy. He was always very professional and he explained everything in a way I always understood. He is patient, a good listener and aware of my injuries making me comfortable. I don't hesitate to tell people he's a great choice. And oh yes, we won my case.
E.C., Greenfield
E.C., Greenfield
Read More
Attorney Shute helped me through a difficult legal process after I was injured in an auto accident. Although the case was complex, he carefully, methodically and patiently advised me over all the hurdles that were placed in our path. Even the smallest accidents can be traumatic and legal nightmares. Attorney Shute traveled to my home to meet with me while I was injured and so traumatized I was unable to drive. He is smart, capable, and accessible. I recommend him very highly to anyone in need of expert personal injury advice.
R. Sears,
R. Sears,
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Robert did a fantastic job with my case. I can’t express that enough! Absolutely on point and very helpful!!! I recommend him to everyone!
J. Price
J. Price
Read More
I was dealing with a tough situation and needed legal guidance. Attourney Shute not only helped me through the process, he helped give me a better understanding of how the legal process works when dealing with various aspects of legal formalities. He is always punctual and pleasant as well and did a wonderful job of keep me in the loop of happenings and explaining aspects that I was not clear about throughout my experience. He made me feel more comfortable and confident with his legal guidance. I would recommend Attourney Shute to anyone in need of legal guidance or assistance and will guarantee you will be very satisfied with all the services and legal expertise he provides. Definately will be my go to Attorney on any legal matters
Loren D.
Loren D.
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Attorney Shute was thorough, professional, and knowledgeable with our case. We highly recommend him!
S. Torres
S. Torres
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I would like to thank Mr shute for all his help he went above and beyond for me yoou are the best I have could not have done this without you thanks to you I have a future again and I have no worries and God bless and thank you for everything you are the best I appreciate everything you've done for me and for my family thank you thank you thank you
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Workplace accidents, which are known as “workers’ compensation” cases, are different from most accidents in that you are entitled to certain benefits even if your employer was not negligent and even if the injury happened to be your own fault. Under Massachusetts law, however, the tradeoff is that benefits are limited. For example, you cannot sue your employer for pain and suffering.

Attorney Robert W. Shute has experience working with clients in Northampton, Massachusetts and all of the surrounding towns and cities in Western Massachusetts. It is essential to have a skilled attorney in your corner. Be sure to call the Injury Law Office of Robert W. Shute if you have any questions about the workers compensation process so that Attorney Shute can go over your circumstances in detail. With over 25 years of experience as a personal injury lawyer Atty Shute I has successfully handled numerous workers compensation cases. Put Atty.Shute’s experience to work for you.

Workplace accident case dispute against your employer do not go to court. Rather, disputes are decided by Administrative Law Judges at the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents. In some circumstances, for example where you are in a car accident while performing your job duties, you may have a an injury claim for pain and suffering against the other driver and at the same time have a workers’ compensation case against your employer. The interplay between the two typed of cases should be managed by an experienced attorney looking out for your interests.

Construction sites are especially dangerous workplaces, with over half a million injuries a year and the most fatalities of any private work category. A variety of heavy machinery including earth-moving vehicles, cranes, large pallets of materials and parts all pose hazards to workers. When workers disability compensation is provided, it often covers only a small percentage of the total medical and wage losses. Contractors in specialty trades – carpenters, plumbers, electricians, masons, and roofers – are exposed to these workplace dangers, as are workers in civil engineering construction and residential building construction.

The types of workplace injuries resulting from accidents run the gamut from slight contusions (bruises) to lacerations, broken bones, concussions, back, neck, and spinal cord damage, paralysis, blindness, massive internal damage, disfigurement, loss of limbs, and of course even death.

Workplace accidents, which are known as “workers’ compensation” cases, are different from most accidents in that you are entitled to certain benefits even if your employer was not negligent and even if the injury happened to be your own fault. Under Massachusetts law, however, the tradeoff is that benefits are limited. For example, you cannot sue your employer for pain and suffering.

Attorney Robert W. Shute has experience working with clients in Northampton, Massachusetts and all of the surrounding towns and cities in Western Massachusetts. It is essential to have a skilled attorney in your corner. Be sure to call the Injury Law Office of Robert W. Shute if you have any questions about the workers compensation process so that Attorney Shute can go over your circumstances in detail. With over 25 years of experience as a personal injury lawyer Atty Shute I has successfully handled numerous workers compensation cases. Put Atty.Shute’s experience to work for you.

Workplace accident case dispute against your employer do not go to court. Rather, disputes are decided by Administrative Law Judges at the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents. In some circumstances, for example where you are in a car accident while performing your job duties, you may have a an injury claim for pain and suffering against the other driver and at the same time have a workers’ compensation case against your employer. The interplay between the two typed of cases should be managed by an experienced attorney looking out for your interests.

Construction sites are especially dangerous workplaces, with over half a million injuries a year and the most fatalities of any private work category. A variety of heavy machinery including earth-moving vehicles, cranes, large pallets of materials and parts all pose hazards to workers. When workers disability compensation is provided, it often covers only a small percentage of the total medical and wage losses. Contractors in specialty trades – carpenters, plumbers, electricians, masons, and roofers – are exposed to these workplace dangers, as are workers in civil engineering construction and residential building construction.

The types of workplace injuries resulting from accidents run the gamut from slight contusions (bruises) to lacerations, broken bones, concussions, back, neck, and spinal cord damage, paralysis, blindness, massive internal damage, disfigurement, loss of limbs, and of course even death.

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Ronnie C.
Ronnie C.
Customer
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My heart is full of gratitude to have had Attorney Robert Shute represent my son when he was injured in a auto accident. Attorney Shute’s kind, reassuring voice was the calm in the storm. He stood by my son while he was recovering and answered every question we had, and I had many!  If you or your family or friends every need a lawyer, with years of experience, who knows just what to do, call Attorney Robert Shute. He’s the Real thing, not a T.V. actor lawyer. I feel truly Blessed to have had him by our side.
D. Boone, Springfield
D. Boone, Springfield
Customer
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Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value I highly recommend Attorney Robert W. Shute as a personal injury attorney. I was injured in an auto accident several years ago and Attorney Shute provided me with high-quality legal representation to ultimately reach a favorable settlement. I was so satisfied with Attorney Shute's professionalism and timely communication that I recommended him to my family members and friends when they needed a personal injury attorney; they too were very satisfied with his legal services. Additionally, Attorney Shute has been an invaluable resource and mentor, sharing his vast law knowledge and experience with me in my practice of law as well.
Phillip G. 
Phillip G. 
Customer
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If there was ever a person that you would want to represent you it is by far your best decision to use Attorney Bob Shute. My accident happened several years ago and Bob Shute never gave up and worked so hard for my best interest! He would explain everything in detail and would translate everything in layman’s terms so I would understood everything that was happening so that I was able to make the best decisions. He never gave up and fought hard for me! I would always recommend Attorney Shute for anything you needed!
Z. O-I.
Z. O-I.
Customer
Read More
I would highly recommend The Injury Office of Robert Shute to anyone in need of legal services. He is not only Honest, Reliable and caring, but his office is always professional, responsive, knowledgeable and resourceful. He explains the process entirely and does all he can to ensure a great outcome for all his clients. Attorney Robert Shute is will always be my first choice, if I need it again.
Charlotte
Charlotte
Customer
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He was an amazing lawyer to work with and was always updating me whenever he got news with my settlement after getting hit by another car last year. He is excellent at explaining everything and gave great advice. Highly would recommend him to anyone.
Joe V
Joe V
Customer
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I had a great experience with Attorney Shute. He spent time to understand my situation, worked hard to develop the case and was persistent in pushing it through the process and in the end he got me a very good settlement. He is very knowledgeable and easy to interact with too. Hiring him was a good investment and I definitely would use him again.
Z. Coleman
Z. Coleman
Customer
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Attorney Shute is a great Lawyer! He represented me very well for the injury I got and he had my back the entire time. I highly recommend him!
Kathy V
Kathy V
Customer
Read More
Attorney Shute does an outstanding job. I can't say enough good things about him and his work. Through the entire process, he was very patient and professional and kept us informed of his progress. He always took the time to be sure we clearly understood our options and he secured a great and fair settlement in a very timely manner. He was really wonderful to work with during a very stressful time. I very highly recommend Attorney Shute!
A.B., Springfield
A.B., Springfield
Customer
Read More
Attorney Shute is an exceptional lawyer who practices law with honesty and genuine integrity to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients. He has a friendly staff and he is always available to answer questions about your case and explains every possible scenario so that as a client you are aware of all of your options and you remain well informed about the status of your case. My family and I have utilized his services on more than one occasion and his results have proven to be fair and reasonable. I would definitely recommend his services to others.
Jeannine M.
Jeannine M.
Customer
Read More
I was hit by a hit and run vehicle as pedestrian. I went through the motions as instructed by the proper people. Hiring an attorney was not something I had realized I needed to do. After being in the Dr's office overwhelmed by the paperwork and pain someone said, your Attorney will do that for you. So I went on a hunt. If you are looking for an Attorney who you can actually talk to on the phone, Attorney Shute is your guy. He was always very professional and he explained everything in a way I always understood. He is patient, a good listener and aware of my injuries making me comfortable. I don't hesitate to tell people he's a great choice. And oh yes, we won my case.
E.C., Greenfield
E.C., Greenfield
Customer
Read More
Attorney Shute helped me through a difficult legal process after I was injured in an auto accident. Although the case was complex, he carefully, methodically and patiently advised me over all the hurdles that were placed in our path. Even the smallest accidents can be traumatic and legal nightmares. Attorney Shute traveled to my home to meet with me while I was injured and so traumatized I was unable to drive. He is smart, capable, and accessible. I recommend him very highly to anyone in need of expert personal injury advice.
R. Sears,
R. Sears,
Customer
Read More
Robert did a fantastic job with my case. I can’t express that enough! Absolutely on point and very helpful!!! I recommend him to everyone!
J. Price
J. Price
Customer
Read More
I was dealing with a tough situation and needed legal guidance. Attourney Shute not only helped me through the process, he helped give me a better understanding of how the legal process works when dealing with various aspects of legal formalities. He is always punctual and pleasant as well and did a wonderful job of keep me in the loop of happenings and explaining aspects that I was not clear about throughout my experience. He made me feel more comfortable and confident with his legal guidance. I would recommend Attourney Shute to anyone in need of legal guidance or assistance and will guarantee you will be very satisfied with all the services and legal expertise he provides. Definately will be my go to Attorney on any legal matters
Loren D.
Loren D.
Customer
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Attorney Shute was thorough, professional, and knowledgeable with our case. We highly recommend him!
S. Torres
S. Torres
Customer
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I would like to thank Mr shute for all his help he went above and beyond for me yoou are the best I have could not have done this without you thanks to you I have a future again and I have no worries and God bless and thank you for everything you are the best I appreciate everything you've done for me and for my family thank you thank you thank you
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Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exists specifically to regulate workplace safety and penalize companies that violate the safety code, the administration’s resources are stretched very thin, to the extent that a worker cannot count on OSHA to provide safeguarding – even where violations have been reported. OSHA cannot inspect everywhere or everything.

Some of the ways businesses can protect workers from injury or accidents is by ensuring that surfaces are not overly slick (by cleaning up all spills and applying high traction finishes like slip-resistant treads), are free of holes or tripping hazards. Lighting should be sufficiently bright for all uses of an area. Companies can make sure that workers are trained in correct methods of lifting and maneuvering objects or packages, and make sure that mechanical lifters are in place to manage weights that are excessive for an average worker. They can of course ensure that all company vehicles are properly maintained and in tip-top condition. Companies can conduct periodic safety inspections of all equipment including ladders, lifters, and transports. They must make sure that all mechanical equipment operators are fully trained in the use of their machines.

Workers compensation cases can be very complex, especially when there is a companion case for monetary damages against a third party – such as the manufacturer of faulty equipment.

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Attorney Robert W. Shute offers you a free consultation to discuss your case and address your questions and concerns. Attorney Shute wishes you a full recovery and welcomes your call: 413-592-0999 or 413-437-7788 days, evenings and weekends.

Northampton

90 Conz St,
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413) 437-7788

There are numerous causes for and types of workplace accidents and injuries:

  • Overexertion injuries -excessive lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying, or throwing objects
  • Falls, on the same level or onto a lower level such as off a ladder or off a piece of equipment
  • Injuries from bending, climbing, slipping or tripping
  • Being struck by an object such as a falling tool
  • Repetitive motion – such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Being caught or compressed by equipment such as a forklift
  • Highway accidents
  • Electrocution
  • Burns, heat exhaustion, or frostbite
  • Chemical spills
  • On-site explosions
Ronnie C.
Ronnie C.
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 My heart is full of gratitude to have had Attorney Robert Shute represent my son when he was injured in a auto accident. Attorney Shute’s kind, reassuring voice was the calm in the storm. He stood by my son while he was recovering and answered every question we had, and I had many!  If you or your family or friends every need a lawyer, with years of experience, who knows just what to do, call Attorney Robert Shute. He’s the Real thing, not a T.V. actor lawyer. I feel truly Blessed to have had him by our side.
D. Boone, Springfield
D. Boone, Springfield
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Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value I highly recommend Attorney Robert W. Shute as a personal injury attorney. I was injured in an auto accident several years ago and Attorney Shute provided me with high-quality legal representation to ultimately reach a favorable settlement. I was so satisfied with Attorney Shute's professionalism and timely communication that I recommended him to my family members and friends when they needed a personal injury attorney; they too were very satisfied with his legal services. Additionally, Attorney Shute has been an invaluable resource and mentor, sharing his vast law knowledge and experience with me in my practice of law as well.
Phillip G. 
Phillip G. 
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If there was ever a person that you would want to represent you it is by far your best decision to use Attorney Bob Shute. My accident happened several years ago and Bob Shute never gave up and worked so hard for my best interest! He would explain everything in detail and would translate everything in layman’s terms so I would understood everything that was happening so that I was able to make the best decisions. He never gave up and fought hard for me! I would always recommend Attorney Shute for anything you needed!
Z. O-I.
Z. O-I.
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I would highly recommend The Injury Office of Robert Shute to anyone in need of legal services. He is not only Honest, Reliable and caring, but his office is always professional, responsive, knowledgeable and resourceful. He explains the process entirely and does all he can to ensure a great outcome for all his clients. Attorney Robert Shute is will always be my first choice, if I need it again.
Charlotte
Charlotte
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He was an amazing lawyer to work with and was always updating me whenever he got news with my settlement after getting hit by another car last year. He is excellent at explaining everything and gave great advice. Highly would recommend him to anyone.
Joe V
Joe V
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I had a great experience with Attorney Shute. He spent time to understand my situation, worked hard to develop the case and was persistent in pushing it through the process and in the end he got me a very good settlement. He is very knowledgeable and easy to interact with too. Hiring him was a good investment and I definitely would use him again.
Z. Coleman
Z. Coleman
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Attorney Shute is a great Lawyer! He represented me very well for the injury I got and he had my back the entire time. I highly recommend him!
Kathy V
Kathy V
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Attorney Shute does an outstanding job. I can't say enough good things about him and his work. Through the entire process, he was very patient and professional and kept us informed of his progress. He always took the time to be sure we clearly understood our options and he secured a great and fair settlement in a very timely manner. He was really wonderful to work with during a very stressful time. I very highly recommend Attorney Shute!
A.B., Springfield
A.B., Springfield
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Attorney Shute is an exceptional lawyer who practices law with honesty and genuine integrity to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients. He has a friendly staff and he is always available to answer questions about your case and explains every possible scenario so that as a client you are aware of all of your options and you remain well informed about the status of your case. My family and I have utilized his services on more than one occasion and his results have proven to be fair and reasonable. I would definitely recommend his services to others.
Jeannine M.
Jeannine M.
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I was hit by a hit and run vehicle as pedestrian. I went through the motions as instructed by the proper people. Hiring an attorney was not something I had realized I needed to do. After being in the Dr's office overwhelmed by the paperwork and pain someone said, your Attorney will do that for you. So I went on a hunt. If you are looking for an Attorney who you can actually talk to on the phone, Attorney Shute is your guy. He was always very professional and he explained everything in a way I always understood. He is patient, a good listener and aware of my injuries making me comfortable. I don't hesitate to tell people he's a great choice. And oh yes, we won my case.
E.C., Greenfield
E.C., Greenfield
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Attorney Shute helped me through a difficult legal process after I was injured in an auto accident. Although the case was complex, he carefully, methodically and patiently advised me over all the hurdles that were placed in our path. Even the smallest accidents can be traumatic and legal nightmares. Attorney Shute traveled to my home to meet with me while I was injured and so traumatized I was unable to drive. He is smart, capable, and accessible. I recommend him very highly to anyone in need of expert personal injury advice.
R. Sears,
R. Sears,
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Robert did a fantastic job with my case. I can’t express that enough! Absolutely on point and very helpful!!! I recommend him to everyone!
J. Price
J. Price
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I was dealing with a tough situation and needed legal guidance. Attourney Shute not only helped me through the process, he helped give me a better understanding of how the legal process works when dealing with various aspects of legal formalities. He is always punctual and pleasant as well and did a wonderful job of keep me in the loop of happenings and explaining aspects that I was not clear about throughout my experience. He made me feel more comfortable and confident with his legal guidance. I would recommend Attourney Shute to anyone in need of legal guidance or assistance and will guarantee you will be very satisfied with all the services and legal expertise he provides. Definately will be my go to Attorney on any legal matters
Loren D.
Loren D.
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Attorney Shute was thorough, professional, and knowledgeable with our case. We highly recommend him!
S. Torres
S. Torres
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I would like to thank Mr shute for all his help he went above and beyond for me yoou are the best I have could not have done this without you thanks to you I have a future again and I have no worries and God bless and thank you for everything you are the best I appreciate everything you've done for me and for my family thank you thank you thank you
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Being injured on the job is a hardship that is felt by both you and your family. It is vitally important that the workplace be safe. Unfortunately, injuries at one’s employment are common. Some professions like roofers, landscapers, construction workers, farmers, truck drivers, delivery drivers and loggers have skill sets that expose them to extraordinary risks. Even in professions where you would not expect to be injured, circumstances could arise such as a chair breaking, an object falling, tripping or falling, an electrical defect, or a chemical hazard which causes you to be injured while in the course of your employment.

In Massachusetts when you are injured as an employee, the law requires your employer to have workers compensation insurance to cover your medical bills and lost wages. There are some work injuries so severe that that the employee cannot rehabilitate successfully and is unable to return to work due to permanent disability. When there is a permanent disability because of a workplace injury, you may be able to settle with your employer’s insurance company to compensate for future lost wages. When there is loss of use of certain body parts or when there is scarring of the face or hands, additional compensation may be available.

It is advisable to call Attorney Shute to discuss your injuries and the circumstance surrounding your on-the-job incident. The workers compensation process is complex, and it is important to be represented by an attorney who knows your legal rights.

When there is negligence by a third party you could have a claim for additional recovery through negotiated settlement or lawsuit. A third party in workers’ compensation cases is a person or entity who is not your employer. An example of a combination workers’ compensation and third party case would be if the manufacturer of a piece of equipment you use at work is negligent because the machine is defective, you could have a separate lawsuit against the manufacturer. Another example would be if you were driving as part of your job and another driver negligently injured you.

Every workplace injury is different, and every employee’s situation is unique. Attorney Shute is dedicated to helping injured employees get the benefits and compensation they deserve.

Call the Injury Law Office of Robert W. Shute Now, days, evenings and weekends for your Free Consultation with Atty. Shute personally. 413-592-0999 or 413-437-7788

Being injured on the job is a hardship that is felt by both you and your family. It is vitally important that the workplace be safe. Unfortunately, injuries at one’s employment are common. Some professions like roofers, landscapers, construction workers, farmers, truck drivers, delivery drivers and loggers have skill sets that expose them to extraordinary risks. Even in professions where you would not expect to be injured, circumstances could arise such as a chair breaking, an object falling, tripping or falling, an electrical defect, or a chemical hazard which causes you to be injured while in the course of your employment.

In Massachusetts when you are injured as an employee, the law requires your employer to have workers compensation insurance to cover your medical bills and lost wages. There are some work injuries so severe that that the employee cannot rehabilitate successfully and is unable to return to work due to permanent disability. When there is a permanent disability because of a workplace injury, you may be able to settle with your employer’s insurance company to compensate for future lost wages. When there is loss of use of certain body parts or when there is scarring of the face or hands, additional compensation may be available.

It is advisable to call Attorney Shute to discuss your injuries and the circumstance surrounding your on-the-job incident. The workers compensation process is complex, and it is important to be represented by an attorney who knows your legal rights.

When there is negligence by a third party you could have a claim for additional recovery through negotiated settlement or lawsuit. A third party in workers’ compensation cases is a person or entity who is not your employer. An example of a combination workers’ compensation and third party case would be if the manufacturer of a piece of equipment you use at work is negligent because the machine is defective, you could have a separate lawsuit against the manufacturer. Another example would be if you were driving as part of your job and another driver negligently injured you.

Every workplace injury is different, and every employee’s situation is unique. Attorney Shute is dedicated to helping injured employees get the benefits and compensation they deserve.

Call the Injury Law Office of Robert W. Shute Now, days, evenings and weekends for your Free Consultation with Atty. Shute personally. 413-592-0999 or 413-437-7788

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According to the National Floor Safety Institute, 16 percent of all workers compensation claims are due to slips and falls. The American Trucking Associates reports that slip and falls are the leading cause of injury in the trucking industry. Transportation accidents account of the most work-related injuries with 40 percent of all work-related fatalities.

While injuries at work can occur for multiple reasons and with all different types of occupations, below is a list of some common causes of workplace injuries:

  • Defective products
  • Malfunctioning machinery
  • Lack of safety equipment
  • Improper safety equipment
  • Lack of or wrong kind of supervision
  • Scaffolding falls
  • Electrical accidents or electrocution
  • Burns
  • Chemical exposure
  • Poisoning
  • Improperly maintained tools
  • Poor quality tools or wrong tools for the job
  • Leaking liquids
  • Truck accidents
  • Objects falling off shelves
  • Slip and fall
  • Construction site falls from cranes, roofs, ladders, vehicles
  • Becoming caught in machinery
  • Struck by objects
  • Amputation
  • Hearing and Vision injury
Ronnie C.
Ronnie C.
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 My heart is full of gratitude to have had Attorney Robert Shute represent my son when he was injured in a auto accident. Attorney Shute’s kind, reassuring voice was the calm in the storm. He stood by my son while he was recovering and answered every question we had, and I had many!  If you or your family or friends every need a lawyer, with years of experience, who knows just what to do, call Attorney Robert Shute. He’s the Real thing, not a T.V. actor lawyer. I feel truly Blessed to have had him by our side.
D. Boone, Springfield
D. Boone, Springfield
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Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value I highly recommend Attorney Robert W. Shute as a personal injury attorney. I was injured in an auto accident several years ago and Attorney Shute provided me with high-quality legal representation to ultimately reach a favorable settlement. I was so satisfied with Attorney Shute's professionalism and timely communication that I recommended him to my family members and friends when they needed a personal injury attorney; they too were very satisfied with his legal services. Additionally, Attorney Shute has been an invaluable resource and mentor, sharing his vast law knowledge and experience with me in my practice of law as well.
Phillip G. 
Phillip G. 
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If there was ever a person that you would want to represent you it is by far your best decision to use Attorney Bob Shute. My accident happened several years ago and Bob Shute never gave up and worked so hard for my best interest! He would explain everything in detail and would translate everything in layman’s terms so I would understood everything that was happening so that I was able to make the best decisions. He never gave up and fought hard for me! I would always recommend Attorney Shute for anything you needed!
Z. O-I.
Z. O-I.
Read More
I would highly recommend The Injury Office of Robert Shute to anyone in need of legal services. He is not only Honest, Reliable and caring, but his office is always professional, responsive, knowledgeable and resourceful. He explains the process entirely and does all he can to ensure a great outcome for all his clients. Attorney Robert Shute is will always be my first choice, if I need it again.
Charlotte
Charlotte
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He was an amazing lawyer to work with and was always updating me whenever he got news with my settlement after getting hit by another car last year. He is excellent at explaining everything and gave great advice. Highly would recommend him to anyone.
Joe V
Joe V
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I had a great experience with Attorney Shute. He spent time to understand my situation, worked hard to develop the case and was persistent in pushing it through the process and in the end he got me a very good settlement. He is very knowledgeable and easy to interact with too. Hiring him was a good investment and I definitely would use him again.
Z. Coleman
Z. Coleman
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Attorney Shute is a great Lawyer! He represented me very well for the injury I got and he had my back the entire time. I highly recommend him!
Kathy V
Kathy V
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Attorney Shute does an outstanding job. I can't say enough good things about him and his work. Through the entire process, he was very patient and professional and kept us informed of his progress. He always took the time to be sure we clearly understood our options and he secured a great and fair settlement in a very timely manner. He was really wonderful to work with during a very stressful time. I very highly recommend Attorney Shute!
A.B., Springfield
A.B., Springfield
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Attorney Shute is an exceptional lawyer who practices law with honesty and genuine integrity to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients. He has a friendly staff and he is always available to answer questions about your case and explains every possible scenario so that as a client you are aware of all of your options and you remain well informed about the status of your case. My family and I have utilized his services on more than one occasion and his results have proven to be fair and reasonable. I would definitely recommend his services to others.
Jeannine M.
Jeannine M.
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I was hit by a hit and run vehicle as pedestrian. I went through the motions as instructed by the proper people. Hiring an attorney was not something I had realized I needed to do. After being in the Dr's office overwhelmed by the paperwork and pain someone said, your Attorney will do that for you. So I went on a hunt. If you are looking for an Attorney who you can actually talk to on the phone, Attorney Shute is your guy. He was always very professional and he explained everything in a way I always understood. He is patient, a good listener and aware of my injuries making me comfortable. I don't hesitate to tell people he's a great choice. And oh yes, we won my case.
E.C., Greenfield
E.C., Greenfield
Read More
Attorney Shute helped me through a difficult legal process after I was injured in an auto accident. Although the case was complex, he carefully, methodically and patiently advised me over all the hurdles that were placed in our path. Even the smallest accidents can be traumatic and legal nightmares. Attorney Shute traveled to my home to meet with me while I was injured and so traumatized I was unable to drive. He is smart, capable, and accessible. I recommend him very highly to anyone in need of expert personal injury advice.
R. Sears,
R. Sears,
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Robert did a fantastic job with my case. I can’t express that enough! Absolutely on point and very helpful!!! I recommend him to everyone!
J. Price
J. Price
Read More
I was dealing with a tough situation and needed legal guidance. Attourney Shute not only helped me through the process, he helped give me a better understanding of how the legal process works when dealing with various aspects of legal formalities. He is always punctual and pleasant as well and did a wonderful job of keep me in the loop of happenings and explaining aspects that I was not clear about throughout my experience. He made me feel more comfortable and confident with his legal guidance. I would recommend Attourney Shute to anyone in need of legal guidance or assistance and will guarantee you will be very satisfied with all the services and legal expertise he provides. Definately will be my go to Attorney on any legal matters
Loren D.
Loren D.
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Attorney Shute was thorough, professional, and knowledgeable with our case. We highly recommend him!
S. Torres
S. Torres
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I would like to thank Mr shute for all his help he went above and beyond for me yoou are the best I have could not have done this without you thanks to you I have a future again and I have no worries and God bless and thank you for everything you are the best I appreciate everything you've done for me and for my family thank you thank you thank you
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Call the Injury Law Office of Robert W. Shute Now, days, evenings and weekends for your Free Consultation with Atty. Shute personally. 413-592-0999 or 413-437-7788