In any case where an Administrative Judge (AJ) or Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), or Health Care Services Board (HCSB) is of the opinion that fitting of an employee eligible for compensation with an artificial eye or limb, or other mechanical appliance, will promote restoration to or continue in industry, it may be ordered that such employee be provided with such item, at the expense of the insurer. These provisions are applicable, notwithstanding the fact that maximum compensation under other sections of the chapter may have been received by the employee. This is procedural and applies to all dates of injury. St. 1991, MGL c. 398, § 53. See Stevens v. Northeastern Univ., 11 Mass. Workers' Comp. Rep. 167 (1997) (discussing breadth of mechanical appliances which may be ordered in order to return an employee to gainful employment).

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