Saturday, 4 July 2015
Understanding the Statute of Limitations in Workers Compensation Cases
In Massachusetts, the statute of limitations for filing for workers compensation benefits is four years. Chapter 152 under the General Laws of Massachusetts states “for injuries on or after January 1, 1986, a claim must be filed with the insurer within four (4) years of the date an employee becomes aware of the causal connection between their disability and their employment.” Note that the law focuses on the time when the claimant became aware that his injury is work related, which in some cases can be some time after the time of the injury. This is especially important for claims in which the claimant develops an injury or disease after repeated exposure to a toxic substance at work, or develops an injury over time and only later learns that it was something she was doing at work that caused the problem.