A person who gets injured from an accident at work is entitled by law to certain forms of assistance. The government agency that regulates such matters is the Department of Industrial Accidents. The Commissioner of the Division of Unemployment Assistance sets the minimum and maximum compensation rates for the benefits, depending on two calculations defined in the MGL c. 152, § 1.
- Maximum – 100 percent of the commonwealth’s average weekly wage as calculated by the deputy director of the Division of Employment and Training, immediately prior to or on the date of injury.
- Minimum – 20 percent of the commonwealth’s average weekly wage calculated in the same way as the maximum rate.
Benefits can go for a maximum of 156 weeks.
Available benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Laws include full coverage for all medical costs related to the worker’s injury; and financial assistance if the worker is disabled as a result of the injury, and can’t go to work, whether temporarily or permanently. The amount given as financial assistance will depend on the severity of the disability. A worker who can’t return to work permanently may receive a bigger amount compared to one who can eventually return or find employment after treatment.