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How does workers’ compensation work in Massachusetts?

If you experience an injury at work or receive a diagnosis of a work-related illness, you can file for workers’ compensation in Massachusetts. You can receive benefits that cover medical expenses and time away from work if you are eligible.

Get the facts about filing a workers’ compensation claim in Massachusetts if you or a loved one has a work injury or illness.

Steps to take

After a work injury or work-related illness diagnosis, you must file a claim with the state Department of Industrial Accidents. You must also notify your employer in writing as soon as possible. You have the right to appeal if your employer does not take the required steps to help you obtain benefits after the accident or if you receive a denial of your claim from DIA.

Available benefits

If you will be away from work for at least six days because of your illness or injury, you can claim temporary total incapacity for up to 156 weeks. You will receive 60% of your average weekly pay for the 52 weeks before you filed for workers’ compensation.

Partial temporary disability applies if you have to take a lower-paying job because of your health issues. Permanent disability, calculated at 66% of your average weekly wage prior to becoming disabled, applies if you can no longer work any job.

You can also receive medical benefits to cover related expenses and a one-time payment for loss of function, disfigurement or scarring.

Understanding the Massachusetts workers’ comp process can help you preserve your right to collect benefits in this situation.