The goal of workers' compensation is to provide financial compensation for injured workers and their families. Financial compensation may include weekly wage loss benefits for total and partial disability, medical costs, vocational re-retraining expenses, death benefits, funeral costs, and other costs associated with being hurt on the job. Simply put, workers who are injured within the course and scope of their employment are eligible for workers comp benefits in Massachusetts.

Common Types of Injuries at Work

Many different kinds of injuries can happen at work including, but not limited to:

  • Back and Neck Injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Fractures
  • Hernias
  • Head Injuries
  • Torn Rotator Cuff to Shoulder

If you’ve suffered any of these injuries, any others, or if you’ve lost a loved one—then you need to know what benefits you might be able to receive pursuant to Massachusetts workers compensation law.

Types of Workers Comp Benefits

Depending on the nature and severity of a workers injuries, the following benefits may be available:

  • Partial Disability Benefits. These benefits are available to workers who have been injured and, as a result, are limited in the amount or type of work they can perform. The law allows workers to collect 60 percent of the wages that would have earned but for injury, or 60 percent of what was lost as a result of the accident. These benefits are paid weekly.
  • Disfigurement or Loss of Function. These benefits are paid when a worker is disfigured or suffers a loss of function of a body part. This could mean anything from a permanent scar on one’s face or neck to a person who has lost function of an arm, leg, eye or another body part.
  • Total Disability Benefits. This type of benefit is available to workers who cannot perform work as a result of their work accident. Workers who receive total disability benefits may obtain 60 percent of their average weekly pay (with a max amount capped by state law). That weekly amount is determined by averaging what the worker earned in the 52 weeks prior to injury. Workers can receive total disability benefits for up to three years.
  • Total and Permanent Disability BenefitsState law allows an employee who is unable to work for an extended time due to a work injury to receive total and permanent disability benefits. This will allow a worker to receive up to 60 percent of weekly pay, as well as an offset for the increase in living expenses due to injury. These benefits may be paid for the remainder of the workers life.
  • Death BenefitsThese are benefits available to a surviving spouse and children of a worker who died as a result of a work-related injury or illness. Here again, the recovery amount is 60 percent of the average weekly wage. There may be other benefits available under this provision as well (i.e., funeral expenses, medical costs, etc.) depending on the circumstances.

Additional benefits, such as vocational training, travel expenses, and continuous treatment may also be possible.

Filing a Lawsuit If You Receive Workers Compensation

You are not allowed to sue your employer from whom you are receiving workers' compensation benefits. However, you may be able to bring a claim against any other responsible parties. For example:

These are two simple examples of the hundreds of different possibilities that exist in many of the worker’s compensation cases we see.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Workers' Compensation in Massachusetts 

1. What is Workers' Compensation in Massachusetts?

Workers' Compensation in Massachusetts is a program designed to assist employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses by covering medical expenses and providing wage replacement benefits. This program ensures that employees receive necessary care and support without the need for legal action against their employers.


2. Who qualifies for Workers' Compensation benefits in Massachusetts?

Any employee who experiences a work-related injury or illness in Massachusetts may qualify for Workers' Compensation benefits. This includes full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal workers, regardless of their citizenship status or the nature of their employment contract.


3. How do I file a Workers' Compensation claim in Massachusetts?

To initiate a Workers' Compensation claim in Massachusetts, an injured worker or their dependents must complete and submit the appropriate claim form, typically Form 110, detailing the injury or illness and its connection to their employment. It's crucial to report the injury to your employer promptly and seek medical attention to support your claim.


4. Do I Have to Blame My Boss?

No, workers' compensation isn't about whose fault it is. You get help because you were hurt doing your job.


5. Can I choose my own doctor for a work-related injury in Massachusetts?

Yes, after an initial appointment that may be arranged by your employer, you have the right to select your healthcare provider for further treatment of your work-related injury or illness, ensuring you receive care that aligns with your personal health needs.


6. What types of benefits can I receive under Massachusetts Workers' Compensation?

Benefits under Massachusetts Workers' Compensation may include medical treatment costs, compensation for lost wages if you're unable to work, and specific benefits for permanent injuries or disfigurement. The extent of benefits depends on the nature and severity of your work-related injury or illness.


7. What should I do if my Workers' Compensation claim is denied?

If your claim is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision and present your case, possibly before a judge. It's often beneficial to consult with a Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Lawyer to navigate the appeals process and advocate for your rights.


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Call an Experienced MA Workers' Compensation Lawyer If You’re Hurt

If you have been hurt at work, or your loved one has died from a work-related injury or illness, then we encourage you to contact the Spada Law Group, LLC. Our experienced legal team would be happy to meet with you in our conveniently located Chelsea or Newburyport offices. We will review your claim for you and advise you on whether you should pursue a workers compensation claim, a personal injury lawsuit, or both a workers comp claim and a lawsuit. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation by calling us directly or reaching out to us via this website.