In Massachusetts, worker injuries can range from minor to fatal. There are many variables in between and those who have suffered certain types of injuries should understand how workers’ compensation addresses the injury and provides them with benefits. For people who have been scarred and suffered a permanent loss of function with disfigurement, it is wise to understand how they can receive benefits for and how long the benefits last.

Workers can receive benefits for scarring, permanent loss and disfigurement if they have suffered an injury due to their work or became ill and they have a permanent loss of use or ability to use bodily functions, are scarred or disfigured. To receive benefits under this section, the scars must be on the hands, neck or face.

The worker will get one payment for the scarring or disfigurement. It is paid in addition to the other benefits under workers’ compensation for medical costs or lost wages. The payment amount will hinge on how severe the disfigurement or function loss is along with its location. The time of the injury is key. If it happened prior to December 24, 1991, the benefits differ.

Scarring, disfigurement and loss of function are among the worst injuries people can suffer on the job. It can heal to a certain degree, but it will be an issue and a concern for the rest of the person’s life. Workers’ compensation benefits address these injuries, but it is important to understand how to maximize the benefits. In some instances, there is a dispute as to whether the worker’s injuries are sufficiently severe to get this type of workers’ compensation.