How Does Workers Comp Work in Massachusetts?
Far too many Massachusetts residents are living paycheck to paycheck. What’s worse, when these individuals are injured at work, they’ll often attempt to work through their condition so they can continue to provide for their families, which only exacerbates their symptoms.
If this sounds like the situation you’ve found yourself in, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits that will enable you to take the time off you need to recuperate from your work injury or illness.
Qualifying for Massachusetts Work Comp
To secure workers compensation benefits, you’ll need to establish that your condition was caused within the scope of your work environment. This means that you were either exposed to something, injured in an accident, or have otherwise suffered adverse health conditions due to your work responsibilities.
Workers comp benefits are paid without regard to fault or how many hours you work each week. In MA, you’re covered from the moment you were hired. However, there are circumstances under which you can be deemed ineligible for workers comp benefits, which include working off the clock when you were injured or if you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of your injury.
Workers Compensation Benefits You Could Obtain
If you are awarded work comp, you can expect to begin collecting your benefits shortly thereafter. These benefits will include disability payments that amount to 60 percent of your average weekly income, full coverage of your medical bills as they relate to your work-related condition, and job-training or schooling if you are medically incapable of returning to work in the same field.
Additionally, family members of employees who succumb to their conditions may be able to obtain workers comp death benefits. Your lawyer can explain the benefits you may be able to obtain during your consultation.
Get in Touch with a Massachusetts Workers Comp Lawyer
For help applying for workers compensation benefits, or if you have previously applied but are facing a denial, reach out to an experienced Massachusetts workers comp lawyer at Joel H. Schwartz, PC. You can complete the submission form we have provided at the bottom of this page or call our office at 1-800-660-2270 to set up your no-obligation claim review.