Massachusetts workers can file for benefits after a work-related injury or illness. If eligible, you can access funds to cover your medical bills, lost wages and other expenses.

Review the available types of Massachusetts workers’ compensation benefits.

Temporary and permanent disability

Temporary total incapacity applies if you cannot work for at least six days because of your injury or illness. This benefit can last up to 156 weeks and provides 60% of the average wage you earned each week for the year prior to your injury.

With temporary partial incapacity, you have to work fewer hours or a different, less lucrative job because of your injury or illness. This benefit pays 75% of the total temporary incapacity amount for up to 260 weeks.

If you can no longer work at any type of job because of your injury, you may receive permanent total incapacity benefits. This consists of 66% of the average wage you earned each week for the year prior to your injury. You can receive permanent disability for the rest of your life.

Medical care

Workers’ compensation will also pay for reasonable medical care associated with the illness or injury. You can receive reimbursement for doctor’s appointments, travel to appointments and prescriptions.

Other benefits

You can also potentially receive:

  • A one-time payment for disfigurement, scarring or permanent loss of a bodily function
  • Vocational rehabilitation benefits to help you return to a new type of employment after injury or illness

To help ensure eligibility, inform your employer right away if you experience a workplace injury or receive a diagnosis of a work-related illness.