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Maine Worker's Compensation Benefits

Important Notice: The following overview of Maine's worker's compensation (workmans comp) benefits is presented on an as-is basis. This information is believed accurate as of the date of authorship, but is not intended to provide a complete analysis of available benefits and may not reflect subsequent changes in the law. For a full review of Maine's worker's compensation law, or for a determination of how the law applies to a specific worker, please consult a worker's compensation attorney licensed to practice in the state of Maine.

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Introduction

Maine's system of worker's compensation (workman's comp) is compulsory, meaning that employers are required to provide worker's compensation insurance for their employees. Worker's compensation insurance may be provided through a competitive state fund, a private insurance carrier, or employers may self-insure. Waivers may be permitted.

Special Employment Situations

Certain employers of agricultural or aquacultural laborers, typically those with six or fewer workers, may be exempt from the state's worker's compensation act. Agricultural employers of seasonal or casual agricultural workers, or who don't exceed certain limits on total agricultural employees or hours worked by those employees, are not required to carry worker's compensation coverage. Employers may provide voluntary worker's compensation coverage for domestic servants.

Medical Benefits & Choice of Physician

Full medical benefits are provided to employees entitled to worker's compensation benefits, with no time or monetary limits. The employer selects the initial physician who will provide care, with the employee obtaining free choice of provider after a period defined by law.

Disability Benefits Provided

Payments are made for temporary total disability (TTD) in an amount determined by a percentage of the worker's wage, subject to a weekly maximum payment amount. Payments continue for the duration of the disability. Benefits may be subject to unemployment insurance benefit offsets.

Payments are made for permanent total disability (PTD) based upon a percentage of the worker's wage, subject to a weekly maximum payment amount. Payments for PTD continue for the duration of the disability. Benefits may be subject to an offset for Unemployment Insurance benefits received.

Payments for permanent partial disability (PPD) are made based upon a percentage of the worker's wage, subject to a weekly maximum payment amount. Depending upon the extent of the disability, payments for PPD will either be capped at 364 weeks or will continue for the duration of the disability.

Scheduled awards are not paid in addition to total temporary disability benefits. Scheduled award payments commence at the time of the accident, and are reduced because of receipt of TTD benefits.

Benefits may be available for serious disfigurement of the face or head, and for disfigurement of the neck which affects earning capacity.

Physical and vocational rehabilitation benefits are available.

With certain constraints and filing deadlines, occupational hearing losses may be compensable.

Death Benefits Provided

Death benefits are payable to an employee's surviving spouse, or spouse and children, based upon a percentage of the employee's wages, subject to a cap. A burial allowance is available.

Limits on Attorney Fees

Attorney fees for claimants are decided by the agency on a case-by-case basis. In certain cases involving discrimination, the attorney fee may be added to the award.