If you get hurt on the job, one of the things you’ll need to look into is the timeline for getting support. Workers’ compensation may be available to you, but there are rules in place that dictate when you need to make your claim and how long you have to report an injury.
When you’re hurt while working, suffer from a mental illness on the job, or develop occupational diseases, Massachusetts law allows eligible workers to seek workers’ compensation. The benefits you can receive may include weekly compensation, coverage for your medical care and prescribed medications, hospital services, rehabilitation services and vocational rehabilitation services.
Reporting your injury to your employer
After you’re injured or discover an illness you should let your employer know as soon as possible. After you miss five partial or full days on the job, your employer has up to seven days to start the workers’ compensation claims process. At that time, your employer may be reluctant to help you make a claim, but you have a right to make one through the Department of Industrial Accidents. If they give you a hard time about starting a claim, you may want to reach out to your attorney for help with pushing the case forward or initiating the claim without the employer’s support.
Once you make your claim, the insurance provider has up to two weeks, 14 days, to accept the claim and begin compensating you. If you have your claim denied, the provider has to let you know through certified mail that your claim has been denied and give you information on why.
You have a right to appeal a decision that is not in your favor.
You deserve support when you’re injured at work
Workers’ compensation is supposed to be there for people who are hurt on the job and need support. If you are injured, you should let your employer know as soon as you can and seek medical attention right away. If your employer doesn’t want to help you make a claim, you may want to take legal action.