A HISTORY OF THE FIRST CENTURY OF THE MASSACHUSETTS INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT BOARD AND THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ACT
Written by Joseph F. Agnelli, Jr., Esquire, this book contains a comprehensive history of workers’ compensation in Massachusetts focusing on how our Industrial Accident Board was originally organized. The book profiles many of the fascinating commissioners, judges and attorneys who help shape the practice of workers’ compensation law at the Department of Industrial Accidents.
The book is best described by the following quote.
“As Massachusetts approaches the centennial anniversary of the Workers’ Compensation Act, Attorney Joseph F. Agnelli, Jr. has written a fascinating account of the development of the this unique and important area of the law and of the people who did so much to make the experiment of ‘The Great Tradeoff’ Succeed.
The concept of establishing a ‘no-fault’ based system of defined benefits for injured workers in exchange for the elimination of their right to bring civil suits against their employers was, in 1911 a novel and controversial concept in the United States.
This book examines the origins of workers’ compensation and more importantly describes in rich detail the personalities, attorneys, commissioners and judges who made implementation of this law before the Industrial Accident Board an interesting tale.
One need not have practiced this area of law to enjoy this book.
For almost 100 years, individuals committed to a fair and swift adjudication of claims based upon workplace injuries have made a substantial contribution on behalf of their clients; employees, employers and insurers.
This is their story.”
~ Alan S. Pierce, Esquire, March, 2011
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