How Much Does Workers' Compensation Pay?
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An accident at work can be traumatic and painful. If you or a loved one have been injured on the job, it is important to protect yourself and talk to an experienced workers compensation attorney in Massachusetts. However, the workers’ compensation process is complicated. One error can result in denial of claims, denial of treatment, or termination of employment.
If you have contracted an illness at work, or sustained a workplace injury, our workers’ compensation attorneys at the Bellotti Law Group, P.C. can help. We have over 38 years of expertise in dealing with workers’ compensation cases. Each of our workers’ compensation attorneys are well prepared to help clients and their families receive the compensation they deserve after a work-related injury. Contact us today at 617-225-2100 for a free consultation.
If you have experienced a work-related injury or illness that requires medical attention, then you qualify for medical benefits. You can also receive reimbursement for prescriptions and traveling costs of your medical appointments. Your employer can send you to a doctor of their choice for the first medical visit, but you may see a doctor of your own choice afterwards. It is important to note that your employer’s insurance company can send you to the doctor of their choice for regular evaluations. Medical benefits will last as long as they are needed. Insurance companies have the ability to contest treatment, however if this occurs, you may appeal this decision to the Department of Industrial Accidents.
If you have suffered from a work-related injury or illness that results in the permanent loss of any physical functions, you qualify for permanent loss of function benefits. Scarring benefits can be received only once, and the scar must be located on your face, neck, or hands. The amount you are able to receive varies depending on the specific injury.
If you miss 5 calendar days of work due to a work-related illness or work-related injury, you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. These days do not need to be consecutive. You will receive up to 60% of your gross average weekly wage for the 52 weeks prior to the injury. The maximum amount you can receive is the state’s average weekly wage at the time of the injury. For temporary total incapacity benefits, you can receive up to 156 weeks of benefits. You are not paid for the first 5 calendar days of work, unless you miss 21 or more days of work.
If you have the capacity to work, but the capacity has lessened due to your injury or illness, you qualify for temporary partial incapacity benefits. Temporary particle incapacity injuries are defined as injures that lower your wage or cause you to work fewer hours. If you don’t experience a loss in pay due to the injury, you are not entitled to weekly compensation. At most, you will receive 75% of your weekly temporary total disability rate each week. The temporary total disability rate is 60% of your gross average weekly wage. You can receive these benefits for up to 260 weeks.
If you are permanently incapable of performing any work because of your workplace injury or work-related illness, you may qualify for permanent and total disability benefits. You do not have to discontinue your temporary benefits in order to request for permanent benefits. These benefits entitle you to ⅔ of your average weekly wage, prior to your injury. Additionally, you will receive a Cost-Of-Living Adjustment (COLA) if the injury happened 24 months prior to the review date.
If you have been injured at work, you should seek legal assistance from an experienced attorney. The lawyers at Bellotti Law Group can help you get the compensation you need. Call 617-225-2100 for a free consultation today.