In Massachusetts, the length of time that you can stay on workers' compensation
benefits depends on several factors, including the severity of your injury, your ability to work, and the decision of the workers' compensation insurer. If you have been in a workplace accident, or you have contracted a work related illness, contact a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. have over 38 years of experience working with workers’ compensation cases. We will fight aggressively for your rights to ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible. Call 617-225-2100 for a free consultation today.
When Does My Workers' Compensation Benefits Stop?
Generally, workers' compensation benefits in Massachusetts are available until the injured worker has reached "maximum medical improvement" (MMI). This means that the worker's condition has stabilized and is unlikely to improve with further medical treatment. At this point, the insurer may stop paying benefits.
Severity Of Your Injury
However, if the injury results in a permanent impairment, the injured worker may be eligible for ongoing benefits based on the extent of the impairment. Additionally, if the injured worker is unable to return to their pre-injury job or any other job due to the injury, they may be eligible for ongoing wage replacement benefits.
It's important to note that every workers' compensation case is unique, and the duration of benefits will depend on the specific circumstances of the case. If you have questions about your eligibility for workers' compensation benefits in Massachusetts, it's best to consult with an experienced workers' compensation attorney.
Workers' compensation is a system designed to provide benefits to employees who are injured or become ill as a result of their work. Massachusetts has its own workers' compensation system, which provides a range of benefits to workers who are injured on the job. In this essay, we will explore the different types of workers' compensation benefits available to employees in Massachusetts.
Types of Workers’ Compensation and How Long They Last
The first type of workers' compensation benefit available in Massachusetts is medical benefits
. If a worker is injured or becomes ill as a result of their work, their employer is responsible for paying for all necessary medical treatment. This includes doctor's visits, hospital stays, surgeries, medication, and physical therapy. There is no limit to the amount of medical benefits an injured worker can receive, and they are entitled to receive these benefits for as long as they need them.
Temporary Total Disability Benefits
If a worker is injured on the job and is unable to work while they recover, they may be eligible for temporary total disability benefits
. These benefits provide injured workers with a portion of their lost wages while they are unable to work. In Massachusetts, injured workers are entitled to receive 60% of their average weekly wage, up to a maximum of $1,534 per week. These benefits are available for up to three years, or until the worker is able to return to work.
Permanent Total Disability Benefits
If an injury or illness leaves a worker permanently unable to work, they may be eligible for permanent total disability benefits
. These benefits provide injured workers with ongoing financial support for the rest of their lives. In Massachusetts, the amount of permanent total disability benefits is based on the worker's average weekly wage and the severity of their injury. Workers who are eligible for permanent total disability benefits may also be eligible for cost-of-living adjustments.
Partial Disability Benefits
If a worker is injured on the job and suffers a partial disability
, they may be eligible for permanent partial disability benefits. These benefits provide injured workers with financial support based on the severity of their disability. In Massachusetts, the amount of permanent partial disability benefits is based on a percentage of the worker's average weekly wage and the degree of their disability.
If a worker is killed on the job or dies as a result of an occupational illness, their dependents may be eligible for death benefits
. These benefits provide financial support to the worker's dependents, including their spouse, children, and other dependents. In Massachusetts, death benefits are paid at a rate of 66% of the worker's average weekly wage, up to a maximum of $1,534 per week.
The Massachusetts workers' compensation system provides various benefits to injured workers, including medical benefits, temporary total disability benefits, permanent total disability benefits, permanent partial disability benefits, and death benefits. These benefits are designed to support workers who are injured on the job and provide them with financial support while they recover or adjust to their new circumstances. It is important for workers to understand their rights under the workers' compensation system and to seek legal assistance if necessary.
Contact an Attorney
The workers' compensation
attorneys at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. have a client centered approach to law that focuses on providing attentive and dependable service for all legal matters. Don’t face the legal system alone. An experienced attorney can negotiate on your behalf, file your claim
, gather expert opinions and witness testimony, and work to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible. Call 617-225-2100 for a free consultation today.