Employees in Massachusetts who suffer an illness or an injury arising out of and in course of employment are eligible for weekly compensation benefits during their period of incapacity from work. In addition to common workplace accidents, personal injuries include infectious or contagious diseases if the nature of the employment is such that the hazard of contracting such diseases by an employee is inherent in the employment. State law requires employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage, and the carriers must provide the benefits for which the employee qualifies based on the nature of the injury and the resulting incapacity from work.
Temporary Disability Benefits
Injured workers who are unable to work for six days or more are entitled to weekly compensation benefits. They are entitled to receive 60 percent of their average weekly wage and are eligible to receive these benefits for up to three years, or 156 weeks.