As a Massachusetts employee, you know you have the right to certain types of financial support in the event you experience an injury at work. Workers’ compensation benefits are available to most employees after a job-related injury, and you have the right to seek what you need to get better and move forward after a workplace accident.
Your employer also has certain responsibilities regarding workers’ compensation. In fact, if your employer does not do certain things, it can ultimately impact your ability to get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve from the insurance company. It is smart to know how you can secure the benefits you need, as well as what you can expect from your employer.
The role of the employer in your claim
Your employer plays a vital role in your claim for workers’ compensation benefits. First of all, most employers have to meet the requirement of having sufficient insurance coverage for the protection of their workers. This is also for his or her benefit as well — this eliminates the need for injured workers to resort to litigation to secure recovery.
Every situation is different, and what you can expect from your boss and what you need from your benefits claim depends on your injuries and other factors. Some of the workers’ compensation responsibilities employers have include:
- Employers have to post a notice about workers’ compensation benefits and procedures in a place where everyone can see them.
- An employer has to help an injured worker get continued medical care, as well as call for emergency medical care immediately after an accident.
- The employer has to provide all the necessary information with the local workers’ compensation office and be cooperative with additional requests for information.
Your employer cannot keep you from filing a workers’ compensation claim, nor can he or she threaten you or your job if you do so. Retaliation is unacceptable, and you have the right to fight back.
Get what you need to get better
You have the right to fight for the full amount you need to get better and move forward after an accident. It may help you to learn more about your rights as an injured worker and what you can do in case there is a delay or issue with your claim. Through workers’ compensation, you can get coverage of your medical bills, replacement of some of your lost wages and much more.