Workers' Compensation Benefits

Workers' Compensation Benefits

Understanding the multitude of workers’ compensation benefits is important for all employees in Massachusetts. Workers’ compensation laws ensure that workers who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses get the financial support they need.

Markey Law Partners stands ready to guide injured workers through the complex landscape of workers’ compensation laws in Massachusetts. Our expertise ensures that workers receive their entitled benefits in full, enabling them to concentrate on their recovery without the additional burden of financial uncertainty.

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Types of Workers' Compensation Benefits

Here’s an overview of the different workers’ compensation benefits available:

  • Temporary Total Disability
    If an employee sustains an injury and is on the way toward a full recovery, they may be eligible for temporary total disability benefits. Such benefits aim to offer temporary financial assistance during the duration of the employee’s recuperation, covering up to 60% of their standard weekly earnings. This allows the injured employee to focus on their recovery without the added stress of daunting financial obligations.
  • Temporary Partial Disability
    Workers who can return to work but face limitations in fulfilling their previous job duties due to an injury may find temporary partial disability benefits beneficial. These benefits cover up to 60% of the difference between the employee’s previous and current wages. This setup helps mitigate the decline in earning capacity, offering financial support as employees advance in their recovery and adapt to their adjusted work abilities.
  • Permanent and Total Disability
    In cases of severe injuries leading to enduring disabilities that prevent an employee from participating in any form of work, they may qualify for permanent and total disability benefits. These benefits can reach up to two-thirds of the employee’s typical weekly earnings and constitute a vital component of the workers’ compensation system. They guarantee ongoing financial stability for individuals facing significant challenges. Unlike temporary benefits, permanent total disability benefits do not come with a fixed end date, potentially providing lifelong support.
  • Medical Treatment Benefits
    Massachusetts workers’ compensation laws also cover reasonable and necessary medical treatments related to the work injury or illness. Reasonable and necessary medical treatments include hospital visits, medications, surgeries, and any other medical procedures or interventions that are essential for the worker’s recovery. By covering these expenses, the workers’ compensation system guarantees that injured workers can obtain necessary care without being weighed down by medical bills.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits
    For workers who are unable to return to their previous job due to their injuries, vocational rehabilitation benefits offer a path forward. These benefits support training and education to help injured workers find new employment that aligns with their physical capabilities post-injury or illness. Rehabilitative benefits acknowledge the importance of assisting workers by adapting to their physical capabilities to remain productive members of the workforce. 
  • Disfigurement, Scarring, or Loss of Function Benefits
    Workers who suffer from permanent disfigurement, scarring, or loss of bodily function due to a work-related injury may be eligible for a one-time payment. This payment compensates for the long-term impact of such injuries​​​​.
  • Death Benefits
    In the tragic event of a worker’s death due to a work-related injury or illness, their surviving spouse and children may be entitled to death benefits. These benefits include a portion of the deceased worker’s average weekly wage, helping to financially support the family. Workers’ compensation death benefits may also cover burial expenses, alleviating some of the immediate financial pressures faced by the family following a loved one’s death.

Workers’ Compensation Claims in Massachusetts

To ensure you receive your workers’ compensation benefits in Massachusetts, immediately report any work-related injury or illness to your employer. This initiates a prompt processing of your claim, as your employer then informs their insurer. Within two weeks, the insurance company must either commence benefit payments or reject the claim.

If you encounter obstacles with your claim, you may undergo conciliations and hearings, to resolve any disputes regarding your eligibility, injuries, or benefit amount. The Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents oversees these proceedings to ensure equitable treatment for all injured employees. Seeking guidance from an experienced attorney at Markey Law Partners can streamline this process, safeguarding your rights.

Contact our Massachusetts Workers Compensation Attorney

In Massachusetts, workers’ compensation laws safeguard employees against the economic strains of job-related illnesses and injuries. From temporary assistance to enduring support for more critical ailments, these provisions protect you from financial distress caused by a work-related injury or illness.
Markey Law Partners deeply understands the lasting physical and financial impact of occupational injuries. Connect with us for dedicated legal support.

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