Representing the Injured Throughout Hampden County, MA
Workers’ compensation coverage provides financial and medical benefits to Massachusetts workers who are injured on the job or develop a job-related illness. It benefits both employees and employers. Employers are protected from liability for workplace injuries while employees can file claims for medical care and partial wage replacement when unable to work.
If you are an employee, a work-related injury or illness can be painful, frustrating, and scary. Most likely, you will need payment to cover your medical bills and the compensation for your lost time at work. At Libbos Law, we are here to protect your rights, help you obtain immediate benefits, and ensure you gain access to ongoing medical care. We will also ensure that your employer is held accountable if he or she retaliates against you for making a workers’ compensation claim.
Contact Libbos Law to schedule a free initial consultation with a Springfield workers’ compensation attorney at (413) 376-7007 or through our online request form.
We have lawyers experienced in handling industrial and construction accidents as well as office, retail, warehouse, and other workplace mishaps.
If you have had an on-the-job injury and will be, or have been, out of work for a year or more, then you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. If so, we can help you.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Massachusetts
Workers’ compensation provides the following benefits:
- Wage loss benefits for partial or total disability
- Medical expenses
- Vocational retraining costs
- Death benefits and funeral costs
These benefits are administered under the Department of Industrial Accidents in Massachusetts. This agency also handles any disputes between employees and their employers when claims are denied. Workers’ compensation law is a complex area and, if your claim is denied, the Department of Industrial Accident advises workers to seek legal representation.
How Long Can You Be on Workers Comp in Massachusetts?
In Massachusetts, temporary benefits usually last up to 156 weeks for total incapacity and 260 weeks for partial incapacity. Permanent benefits last until your complete disability ends. Compensation begins on the 6th day of disability, and you won't be paid for the first five days unless you can't work for 21 calendar days or more. The days don't have to be consecutive.
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Workers’ comp claims can stem from all types of accidents as well as illnesses caused by one’s job in the work environment. These can include but are not limited to:
- Construction accidents
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Lifting injuries
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Traffic accidents
The type of benefits for which you may be eligible will depend on the full extent of your injuries. These can range from partial disability benefits for those who can do some type of limited work to total disability benefits for those who can no longer perform any type of work. Generally, you will receive 60 percent of your average weekly wage. Workers’ comp benefits do not, however, provide for pain and suffering and other non-economic losses.
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