If you’ve been hurt on the job in Massachusetts, you’re entitled to workers’ comp. It’s important to know the benefits you should receive because of your injury, and you’ll also want to know if you are required to return to work. Here are some important details that can help you handle your workers’ compensation case.
As the injured party, you have the right to all necessary treatment to cure your injury or eliminate the effects of it. Medical care under workers’ comp includes your medical bills, trips to and from the hospital and prescription medications. Certain workers’ compensation plans may require you to use a company doctor for up to 30 days. After the 30-day period, you can submit a request to choose your own doctor.
Temporary and permanent disability
If you have to take time off work because of your injury, you may receive workers’ comp in the form of temporary disability payments. The payments are about two-thirds of your average weekly pay, and you’ll receive it every two weeks.
If you’re not able to return to work or you don’t fully recover from your injury, you could be eligible for permanent disability. The amount you receive will depend on the severity of your injury, your line of work, your age and your earnings at the time of injury. If it is determined that your injury has totally or partially impacted your ability to work, you could be awarded compensation that is comparable with the wages you were making before your injury.
A lawyer may assist you in getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries. If you are hurt on the job, reach out for legal assistance in filing your workers’ comp claim.