Workers’ compensation programs help covered employees get by when they’ve been injured on the job. What many people in Massachusetts don’t understand is that there are several different state-level workers comp benefits they may be eligible for. The type of benefits that an individual receives is based on factors like the severity of the injury and the impact it’s had on their ability to earn money. This impacts the program they will be classified under and the amount of money they will be able to collect.
Exploring workers compensation
Workers’ compensation benefits can depend on how the injury impacted a given person. For example, there are temporary total incapacity benefits. These are available to people who are unable to work in the short term after being hurt on the job. They can be contrasted with permanent and total incapacity benefits, which are intended for injuries that have had long-term effects on a person.
Both of these options are very different from partial incapacity benefits. People who are partially incapacitated may be able to work in another context, just not the one they are used to. For example, they may be able to work part-time in a less demanding career than they formerly did. They can still be compensated for a percentage of what they would otherwise be earning at work.
Workers’ compensation is unfortunately a complicated matter in Massachusetts. It can be a good idea to speak to an attorney if you or someone you love has been injured at work. They are used to working with the bureaucracy that administers these benefits.