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Workers’ Comp Benefits: The Basics
Under Massachusetts workers’ compensation laws, you may be able to seek the following benefits when you suffer an on-the-job injury:
- Full coverage for medical expenses, including prescription costs and reimbursement for travel to and from the doctor’s office
- Compensation for permanent injuries, including the permanent loss of certain body functions and disfigurement or scarring on your hands, face or neck
In addition, if your work injury results in a disability that leaves you unable to work or perform certain job functions, you are entitled to receive a portion of your future lost income. However, this compensation can vary depending on the extent of your injuries. For instance, a disabled worker in Massachusetts may be able to collect the following benefits:
- Temporary total incapacity benefits: If you are unable to work for five or more days, you can receive 60 percent of your average weekly wage for up to 156 weeks (three years).
- Partial incapacity benefits: If you are still able to work, but your earning capacity is reduced because of your work-related injury, you can receive 60 percent of the difference between your average weekly wage before your injury and after your injury. These benefits can continue for up to 260 weeks (five years).
- Permanent and total incapacity benefits: If your injury leaves you completely unable to engage in any occupation or perform any work, you can receive two-thirds of your preinjury average weekly wage. These benefits continue for as long as you are disabled.
Navigating the workers’ comp system in Massachusetts can be a complicated process. Get help today by contacting Goldberg & Weigand, LLP.