Calculating Loss of Function Benefits

If you suffer from a permanent loss of any bodily function, you could be entitled to a one-time payment based on the State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) and the type of loss of function you have. You could still receive coverage for medical bills and lost wages in addition to this one-time payment. As of October 1, 2015, Massachusetts’ SAWW is $1,256.47. A workers’ comp attorney can help you determine exactly what lump sum settlement you can expect for your loss of function.

*Please note that all cases are unique and the circumstances of what happened to you, the extent of your injuries, and more will determine your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits. Speaking with one of our lawyers for free is the best way to figure out your potential benefits.

Eyes Work Injury

Total loss of vision, or the need for glasses to correct one eye: SAWW x 39.

Total loss of vision, or the need for glasses to correct both eyes: SAWW x 96.

Ears Work Injury

Total loss of hearing in one ear: SAWW x 29.

Total loss of hearing in both ears: SAWW x 77.

Arms Work Injury

Amputation, or permanent loss of function of dominant arm: SAWW x 43.

Amputation, or permanent loss of function of non-dominant arm: SAWW x 39.

Amputation, or permanent loss of function of both arms: SAWW x 96.

Hand & Wrist Work Injury

Amputation, or permanent loss of function of dominant hand: SAWW x 34.

Amputation, or permanent loss of function of non-dominant hand: SAWW x 29.

Amputation, or permanent loss of function of both hands: SAWW x 77.

Legs Work Injury

Amputation, or permanent loss of function of one leg: SAWW x 39.

Amputation, or permanent loss of function of both legs: SAWW x 96.

Feet & Ankles Work Injury

Amputation, or permanent loss of function of one foot above the ankle joint: SAWW x 29.

Amputation, or permanent loss of function of both feet at any point on the ankle joint: SAWW x 68.

Other Losses of Function from a Work Injury

Loss of ability to stand: SAWW x 21.

Loss of one tooth: SAWW x 1.

Total loss of language comprehension: SAWW x 32.

Loss of taste or smell: SAWW x 16.

Loss of one kidney: SAWW x 16.

Contact a Massachusetts Workers’ Comp Lawyer

One-time payments for loss of function are paid in addition to other workers’ comp benefits, such as compensation for medical bills, lost wages, physical therapy, etc. Almost every type of loss of function can be covered by a workers’ comp lump-sum amount. Contact one of our trusted Boston, Massachusetts workers’ comp attorneys at Powers & Caccavale to see the amount of compensation you could be entitled to.  Fill out our free case evaluation or call us at (617) 379-0016 to learn more.

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