Workplace injuries can sometimes cause temporary damage but leave permanent reminders. Gas explosions, chemical burns, dangerous power tools, and falls from great heights can all lead to permanent scarring, disfigurement, and loss of bodily function. Sometimes, receiving weekly workers’ compensation is not enough. In these cases, you may be eligible for a lump-sum payment, in addition to your weekly benefits, to compensate you for scarring and disfigurement. But are you eligible for these benefits? How much can you expect to receive? These questions can be hard to answer without knowing the details of your specific case. That’s why it’s important to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible.
Do I Qualify for Scarring and Disfigurement Benefits?
You may be eligible for scarring workers’ comp benefits if:
- Your scar is permanent (scars are usually considered permanent if they are still present six months after the injury)
- Your scarring is located on your face, neck, or hands
You may qualify for loss of function/disfigurement workers’ comp benefits if:
- You have suffered permanent loss of function, which can include loss of hearing or eyesight, inability to function in one of your extremities, etc.
- Other examples include: walking with a limp or having to use a cane or prosthetic device.
Note: You do not have to miss work to receive payment for workplace scarring and disfigurement injuries.
What Do Scarring and Disfigurement Benefits Include?
If your workplace injury includes scarring or disfigurement, you may be entitled to receive a one-time payment in addition to other workers’ comp benefits, such as medical expenses, lost wages, etc.
How Are Scarring and Disfigurement Benefits Calculated?
For permanent scarring injuries, your settlement amount depends upon the length, width, location, and color of your scar. Using this information, a number will be calculated which will then be multiplied by Massachusetts’ maximum average weekly wage for your job at the time of injury.
For disfigurement and loss of function injuries, the benefit amount depends upon the body part. It is hard to estimate the worth of your injury without the help of a workers’ comp attorney. It’s important to note that the maximum payment for disfigurement in the state of Massachusetts is $15,000.
How Long Can I Collect Scarring and Disfigurement Benefits?
Scarring and disfigurement benefits are usually paid out in a one-time lump-sum amount.
Contact a Massachusetts Workers’ Comp Attorney
Scarring, loss of function, and disfigurement injuries can be frustrating and can greatly affect your quality of life. If you were injured at work and have suffered scarring or disfigurement, you may be entitled to compensation. To find out how much you may be owed in your specific case, contact one of our dedicated workers’ compensation lawyers at Powers & Caccavale by filling our free case evaluation or by calling us at (617) 379-0016.