How Long Do Employees Have to File a Claim After Injury?

Last week, our agency made it a point to answer a frequently asked workers compensation question. As an employer, it is your duty to be able to answer most questions that will be thrown your way from an employee. When it comes to Massachusetts workers compensation, many employees may not be educated or aware of the proper procedures in order to file a claim. Once the time comes to file, he or she may be lost!

To ensure that all of your employees are on the same page, it is important to have a full understanding of how workers compensation works, as well. This week, we want to tackle another FAQ.

An employee may ask:

How long do I have to file a claim after injury?

You should answer with the following:

A claim MUST be filed within four weeks of the date that you become aware of the causal connection between disability and employment. Under MGL c. 152 § 41 for injuries on or after January 1, 1986, this is mandatory. If there is death, the claim must be within four years of death.

In the event that you receive a Notification of Denial (Form 104), you will have four years from the date that you received the notification to appeal the denial.

Your employees are sure to appreciate your knowledge when it comes to workers compensation – since it may be a confusing policy at times. At Wolpert Insurance, we are always here to help guide you and answer any questions you may have. It is our goal to not only provide great service and coverage, but to educate you, too!

For more information on Massachusetts workers compensation, do not hesitate to reach out to us at your earliest convenience.