Workers' Compensation

Workers' Compensation

As required by law, MIT provides Workers' Compensation Insurance that pays benefits when you are injured or become ill as a result of your MIT employment. You must report any work-related injury or illness to your supervisor immediately.


You are eligible for Workers' Compensation benefits from the first day you are employed by MIT. Learn more about eligibility.

Next Steps

  1. Confirm your eligibility.
  2. Find out below how to report a Workers' Compensation event.

How to Report a Workers' Compensation Event

Both you and your supervisor are responsible for reporting any work-related injury or illness.

How to report your work-related injury or illness

You are required to report any work-related injury or illness to your supervisor immediately. If your supervisor is not available, you must

  • report to the MIT Medical Department for the first visit if you are physically able to do so
  • call the MIT police at (617) 253-1212 or dial 100, if you are not physically able to report to MIT Medical
  • report the injury or illness to your supervisor as soon as possible

Failure to meet the above requirements may interfere with and possibly jeopardize your Workers' Compensation coverage.

How your supervisor must report a work-related injury or illness

Your supervisor must report any work-related injury or illness to

  • the Environment, Health, & Safety Office and the MIT Benefits Workers' Compensation Office using the Injury Report Form in Atlas. (Go to the Full Catalog and scroll down to the Injury Report link.)
  • Payroll Time Administrators must enter the correct Pay Code for Industrial Accidents. For more information call (617) 253-9496 or the Payroll Office at (617) 253-4492.

Your Workers' Compensation Coverage

MIT Workers' Compensation provides no-fault coverage for reasonable and necessary medical treatment and partial wage replacement when you cannot work and/or incur medical expenses as a result of a work-related injury or illness.

Workers' Compensation benefits are not guaranteed. To receive compensation, you must:

  • Prove that the injury or illness arose out of and in the course and scope of your employment.
  • Provide medical documentation to support your claim for medical coverage and wage replacement benefits.

Within 14 days of receiving your report of a work-related injury or illness, the MIT Workers' Compensation Office will notify you in writing if you qualify for compensation. You may appeal any decision to deny your Workers' Compensation claim to the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents.

Medical Care

You must seek initial medical treatment for any work-related injury or illness from the MIT Medical Department for the first visit. If you need follow-up treatment, you can continue your care at MIT Medical or visit your own health care provider or the clinic or hospital of your choice.

  • You must inform any provider that you are being treated for a work-related condition.
  • You must notify the MIT Workers' Compensation Office if you need care beyond the initial treatment that may require pre-approval, such as MRIs, physical or occupational therapy, or diagnostic tests.
  • Providers must have your claim number to obtain pre-approval for certain types of treatment.
  • All medical bills and records should be sent to the MIT Workers' Compensation Office for processing.
  • Providers will be paid according to the rates established by the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents.

Compensation for Lost Time

Depending on the extent of your work-related injury or illness, you may qualify for temporary total disability benefits or partial disability benefits.

  • If you are absent from work for six or more days, you will receive weekly payments equal to your average weekly wage, which is based on compensation received during the 52 weeks preceding the date of your injury.
  • Your Workers' Compensation payments will be supplemented with 40% of your available sick leave.

Disqualifying Conditions

You may not be eligible for MIT Workers' Compensation payments if:

  • You do not seek or receive medical treatment.
  • You or your care provider fail to provide sufficient medical documentation.
  • Your claim is for a pre-existing condition.

Termination of Benefits

Your Workers' Compensation benefits will be reduced or terminated if:

  • You return to work.
  • MIT has received a medical report by your treating physician or an impartial medical examiner that you are capable of returning to work, and your supervisor has reported that a suitable position is available to you.
  • You fail or refuse to attend an independent medical examination for evaluation when requested.
  • Your medical documentation fails to establish a causal relationship between your disability and your employment.

More on Eligiblity

Who is eligible

  • you are covered from the first day you are employed

Who is NOT eligible

  • visitor
  • contractor
  • affiliate
  • honorary lecturer
  • non-MIT student program worker
  • international visiting student
  • post-doctoral fellow
  • paid by MITemps

MIT Workers' Compensation Office

MIT Main Campus

77 Massachusetts Avenue
C/O Benefits, NE49-5000
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 253-9496 and (617) 253-4572
Fax: (617) 253-1502

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Office

244 Wood Street
Lexington, MA 02420
Phone: (781) 981-2382
Fax: (781) 981-0145