If you’ve been injured on the job in Massachusetts, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that provides benefits to employees who have suffered work-related injuries or illnesses. It is designed to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other related costs. Here are the steps to file for workers’ compensation in Massachusetts:
Step 1: Report the Injury
The first step is to report the injury to your employer as soon as possible. You have up to 30 days to report the injury, but it’s best to do it as soon as possible. If you wait too long, you may lose your right to benefits. Your employer should provide you with a copy of the Employee Claim Form (Form 110) and the Employer’s First Report of Injury or Fatality (Form 101) within five days of your report.
Step 2: Seek Medical Treatment
You should seek medical treatment for your injury as soon as possible. Your employer may provide you with a list of approved doctors. You should choose a doctor from this list. If you choose a doctor who is not on the list, you may not be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Be sure to tell the doctor that your injury is work-related.
Step 3: File a Claim
To file a workers’ compensation claim in Massachusetts, you will need to complete and submit the Employee Claim Form (Form 110) to the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA). You should submit the form as soon as possible, but no later than four years from the date of the injury. You can submit the form online, by mail, or in person.
Step 4: Wait for a Decision
After you submit your claim, the DIA will review it and make a decision. If your claim is approved, you will receive benefits. If your claim is denied, you can appeal the decision. You should contact an attorney to help you with the appeals process.
Step 5: Receive Benefits
If your claim is approved, you will receive benefits. These benefits may include medical expenses, lost wages, and other related costs. The amount of benefits you receive will depend on the severity of your injury and other factors.
In conclusion, if you have been injured on the job in Massachusetts, it’s important to follow these steps to file for workers’ compensation benefits. Remember to report the injury to your employer, seek medical treatment, file a claim, wait for a decision, and receive benefits. If you need help with the process, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation. At Earley Law Group, we have a team of dedicated attorneys ready to help you. For more free information, call us at 617-338-7400.