You have a right to receive benefits from workers’ compensation when you suffer an injury at work, but there are limits to these benefits. Eventually, you will likely lose them because you are able to return to work.
According to Mass.gov, how long you receive your benefits depends upon the type of benefits you receive. Lost wage payments have stricter limits than medical benefits.
Temporary lost wage benefits
Temporary total incapacity and partial incapacity benefits are what you receive if your doctor believes you will eventually return to work without limitations. You can get total incapacity benefits for up to 156 weeks, and you can get partial incapacity benefits for up to 260 weeks.
Permanent lost wage benefits
Permanent benefits are those you receive if your doctor believes you will have lasting effects from the injury that make you unable to return to work. You will receive this type of benefit once you exhaust any temporary benefits. There is no maximum time you can receive them. As long as you have a disability that prevents you from working, you will qualify for them.
Medical benefits continue until you no longer need medical care for your injury or illness. However, the insurer has the ability to make a judgment call on whether your treatment is reasonable and necessary. It may withhold benefits even if your doctor feels you still need care.
Rehabilitation services are benefits that help you to return to work. You can continue to get them until you no longer need them. Survivor benefits are