If you were injured on the job in Massachusetts, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. If your work-related injury causes you to be unable to work, you are entitled to disability benefits. The disability benefits for workers who are unable to work in any capacity are known as Temporary Total Disability (or Incapacity) Benefits. These benefits are governed by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 152, Section 34 and are paid weekly to qualifying injured workers.
Here’s How to Calculate Your Total Disability
To calculate your weekly Temporary Total Disability Benefits you first need to know your average weekly wage. For information on what your average weekly wage is and how to calculate it, please see: Calculating the Average Weekly Wage; Why is it so Important in a Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Claim?
Your Total Disability Benefit rate is sixty (60%) of your average weekly wage. So, once you have determined your average weekly wage, you would multiply it by 60%.
For Example: If a worker had an average weekly wage of $750.00, their Temporary Total Disability Benefits would be $450.00 per week ($750 X 60%).
If you have been injured on the job in Massachusetts and are unable to work and you are either not getting workers’ compensation benefits or feel that you may not be getting the correct amount of disability benefits, you should speak with a workers’ compensation attorney. An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer will be able to evaluate your claim and make sure that you are getting the benefits you deserve for your injuries.