When people in Massachusetts go to work, generally they are thinking about their day and what they will need to do on that particular day. They probably assume they will go to work, do their job and then go home at the end of the night. However, there are times when the day does not go according to plan. Sometimes accidents may occur and workers may be injured as a result. Some of these injuries can also be severe and have a major impact on the victims’ lives.
These accidents can force the victims to receive extensive medical treatment to treat the various injuries they suffered as a result of the accident. The required medical treatment can be very expensive as well. The victims also may not be able to work while they are undergoing the medical treatment and recovering from their injuries. People who are injured at work may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits though, which can help people financially while they are recovering physically.
The amount and length of time people may be able to receive these benefits depends on the severity of the injury. If the injury completely prevents the worker from working for a temporary period of time, the worker could receive 60% of their average weekly income and could receive these benefits for up to 156 weeks. If the injury is permanent the worker may be able to receive up to 66% of their average weekly income and could receive the benefits as long as the worker is disabled. In addition to the income, the workers’ medical bills are also covered by workers’ compensation benefits.
People in Massachusetts should be safe when they go to work and the expectation is that they will be safe. However, accidents do occur and mistakes are made. As a result workers do suffer injuries, which can be devastating. They may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits though, but it is important that they receive the proper amount and receive them for the proper length of time. These can be complicated matters and consulting with an experienced attorney could be beneficial.