Workers’ compensation benefits cover expenses such as medical bills, physical therapy, and lost wages, but what if your injury is permanent? What kinds of benefits can you expect to receive when you are permanently disabled or disfigured as a result of your workplace accident? Massachusetts’ workers’ comp law factors in these life-changing injuries and pays out specific benefits to help you heal, get back to work, and make sure you are fairly compensated.
Permanent and Total Disability
Some common permanent workplace injuries include:
- Back injuries
- Loss of vision
- Limb amputations
- Nerve damage
- Hearing loss
If you are permanently injured as a result of your workplace accident, you are entitled to receive permanent benefits. There are no time limits, so as long as you remain disabled you will continue to receive benefits. In order to qualify for these benefits, you must show that you are completely unable to return to work as a result of your injuries. If you qualify, you will receive a weekly payment of two-thirds of your average weekly wages prior to the accident. You may also be entitled to medical benefits, cost of living increases, and social security benefits if applicable. A workers’ compensation lawyer will be able to give you a more accurate picture of the benefits you can expect to receive in your specific case.
Permanent Scarring or Disfigurement
Bodily scars and disfigurements are common results of workplace accidents. Gas explosions, chemical burns, falls from high elevations, and power tool accidents are all jobs with high risks of permanent damage to your body. This is why Massachusetts law addresses scarring and disfigurement in work-related accidents. If you have permanent scarring on your hands, face, or neck, you may be entitled a lump sum settlement. You may also be awarded money if you acquire a limp as a result of your accident or require prosthetic devices or a cane. The value of these settlements is based on a variety of factors, so it’s best to speak with an attorney to estimate your benefits.
Contact a Massachusetts Workers’ Comp Lawyer
At Powers & Caccavale, we help those who have been permanently injured, scarred, or disfigured as a result of workplace accidents. We advise you on scarring settlement offers, help with any third-party lawsuits, and make sure you receive all of the benefits you are entitled to. Living with a permanent injury is frustrating and life-changing. With the help of our experienced workers’ comp lawyers, you can alleviate some of that frustration and start getting your life back on track. Call us toll free at (617) 379-0016 or send us an email.