If you are injured on the job in Massachusetts, you may be entitled to certain benefits under Massachusetts workers’ compensation laws. These laws require that employers must have Massachusetts workers’ comp insurance. This insurance pays out benefits to employees who have sustained a work-related injury or illness.
Workers’ Compensation In Massachusetts?
Workers’ compensation is an insurance program, mandated by the state that covers employees for injuries / illnesses that happen on the job. Employees benefit from the program by receiving medical care and lost wages after sustaining a work-related injury or illness. See more about Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation.
The following are the wage benefit guidelines an injured worker is entitled to, as stated by Massachusetts workers’ comp laws:
- Total and permanent incapacity: Two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage
- Total incapacity: 60 percent of the worker’s average weekly wage, up to 156 weeks
- Partial incapacity: 60 percent of the difference between the worker’s weekly wage before the injury and after the injury
Reporting Your Claim
The first thing an employee should do after suffering a workplace injury is seek immediate medical attention. They will then want to inform the employer, in writing, of their injury. There may be a specific form that they must submit to the employer. This is how you begin the workers’ compensation claim process.
The injured employee must be disabled for 5 full or partial calendar days to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. These days do not need to be consecutive. In Massachusetts, we have 4 years from the date of injury or realization that your injury or illness is work-related to file a claim.
Contact An Experienced Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you’ve suffered a workplace injury or illness on the job, contact us to speak with an experienced worker’s comp attorney. We’ll help you to get the benefits that you deserve to stay on your feet while you are healing up.
*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.