Do I Qualify for Massachusetts Workers Comp?
After being injured in an accident at work, you may be very concerned with how you’ll continue to support yourself and your family while you recuperate from your injuries. Fortunately, Massachusetts requires employers to provide their employees with workers compensation coverage so they are protected in the event of an on-the-job injury.
But, before you file a work comp claim, you may be wondering whether you qualify for workers compensation approval. If you do, what benefits are you entitled to? Continue reading to get the answers you’ve been looking for, and then reach out to a Massachusetts workers comp lawyer for more individualized help.
Requirements to Obtain Workers Comp Benefits in MA
Injured workers should be able to secure workers compensation benefits as long as their injuries occurred within the scope of their employment. Many employees are under the impression that they need to be full-time employees in order to be eligible for benefits, or that they need to have been employed with the company for a certain amount of time before qualifying.
From the moment you are hired, you should be covered through your employer’s insurance company. There are many ways you can be disqualified from benefits, however. For example, if you intentionally harm yourself in order to collect benefits, you would not be eligible. If you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol when you were injured, you would not be eligible.
What Do Massachusetts Workers Compensation Benefits Consist Of?
If you qualify for benefits, there are very specific benefits you can collect. First, you can expect the insurance company to cover your medical expenses in full, as they relate to your work injury.
You will also be entitled to as much as 66 percent of your average weekly earnings while you recuperate from your injuries. You may even qualify for vocational training if you need to find a new field of employment due to the severity of your injuries
Reach Out to a Massachusetts Work Comp Lawyer
If you believe you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits, or if you’ve already filed a claim but were denied and are interested in appealing the decision, get in touch with a MA workers comp lawyer at Joel H. Schwartz, PC. You can fill out the online contact form we have included below or give our office a call at 617-742-1170 when you’re ready to get started on a claim.